Beginning Photography

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Tips for good photographic composition.

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Beginning Photography

  1. 1. Photography<br />“Are we using 1,000 words where a picture should be?” <br />-Matt Thompson, newsless.org<br />
  2. 2. Why add photos to stories?<br />To <br />reflect <br />add emotion <br />add color<br />give a sense of a person <br />or a place<br />People are more likely to look at stories with photos.<br />
  3. 3. First thing’s first -Hold the camera correctly<br />Use two hands<br />Your right should hold the body of the camera<br />Your left should support the weight from below<br />
  4. 4. The Moment<br />Find the irregular in the every day<br />Catch the moment<br />Patience <br />Practice<br />The decisive moment<br />By Henri Cartier-Bresson<br />
  5. 5. Dead Space<br />Fill the frame<br />“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – war photographer Robert Capa<br />Avoid head space or dead space<br />bad<br />
  6. 6. Rule of Thirds<br />A.K.A. the golden ratio<br />Avoid a perfectly centered photo<br />Makes photos more balanced and interesting<br />
  7. 7. Framing<br />Use objects to frame your subject and lead <br />the viewer to the main point<br />
  8. 8. Patterns<br />A pattern of lines or shapes in your photos makes for a more interesting composition.<br />
  9. 9. Lighting<br />If your photos are too dark, use the flash, get closer or increase the shutter speed.<br />Too bright? Turn off the flash, back off or decrease the shutter speed.<br />
  10. 10. Focus<br />An unfocused photo is usually worthless. <br />If your photos are blurry:<br />Hold the camera properly to keep it still<br />Increase the shutter or film speed<br />Move into the light or add artificial light<br />Unfocused photos can work <br />if the blur is intentional and <br />used for a purpose.<br />
  11. 11. Shoot From All Angles<br />Get on the ground<br />Stand on top of things<br />Tilt your camera<br />Avoid the 6 x 8: Positioning the camera about six feet high and about eight feet from the subject<br />
  12. 12. Three types of photos for a slideshow<br />Wide – give viewers perspective<br />Medium – drill in on the purpose<br />Tight – capture the details<br />
  13. 13. Tips and Tricks<br />When cropping through a body, don’t cut at the joints<br />Don’t take photos through glass<br />Don’t shoot from behind – always get two eyes and an ear<br />Mugging – when people pose for you, take those photos and erase them later<br />
  14. 14. PRACTICE<br />Practice<br />Practice<br />Practice<br />Practice<br />“The only reason anyone is a better photographer than you is that they’ve probably taken thousands more photos than you.” <br />– Multimedia journalist Richard Koci Hernandez<br />This PowerPoint presentation can be reproduced as long as credit is given to Karen McIntyre.<br />

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