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  1. Taking Making Better Photographs <ul><li>Kris Krüg </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Gnomedex 2008, Seattle </li></ul>
  2. Light in the Eyes
  3. Evaluate the Light <ul><li>Sun? Shade? Incandesent, Halogen? </li></ul><ul><li>Look around - highlights, shadows, spotlights </li></ul><ul><li>Put your subject in good light </li></ul><ul><li>Look for reflection/catchlight in the eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Use lamps, spotlights, etc </li></ul>
  4. Work With Whatcha Got
  5. Shoot in Low Light/Available Light <ul><li>Increase your ISO (ASA) </li></ul><ul><li>Increase your aperture (F-stop) </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease your shutter speed </li></ul><ul><li>Focus manually if autofocus fails you </li></ul><ul><li>Tinker with manual settings/metering </li></ul><ul><li>Brace on things (tripod, gear bag) </li></ul>
  6. Reflections Are Yummy!
  7. Look for Reflections <ul><li>Puddles are my favorite </li></ul><ul><li>Glass </li></ul><ul><li>Metal </li></ul><ul><li>Shiny floors </li></ul><ul><li>Provides symetry, unique perspectives, and extra light </li></ul>
  8. Gnomedex Wall of Love
  9. Focus On A Theme <ul><li>Polaroids </li></ul><ul><li>Portraits </li></ul><ul><li>Black & White//Sepia//Over-exposed </li></ul><ul><li>Laptop Stickers//Geeks & Gear </li></ul><ul><li>Funny Faces </li></ul>
  10. Learn Your Camera <ul><li>Isolate the variables - depth of field, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Tinker, tweek, shoot lots, share your photos, get feedback, change it up </li></ul><ul><li>Share gear - find someone you can test out lenses, flashes, etc with </li></ul><ul><li>SET THE FUCKING WHITE BALANCE </li></ul>
  11. Rules Are Made To Be Broken
  12. Take a Look @ Your Background <ul><li>No trees sprouting out of peoples heads. </li></ul><ul><li>Less busy puts more focus on the subject </li></ul>
  13. Fill the Frame <ul><li>Get close to your subject </li></ul><ul><li>Use all the screen real estate </li></ul>
  14. Rule of Thirds An image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. The four points formed by the intersections of these lines can be used to align features in the photograph. Proponents of this technique claim that aligning a photograph with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the photo than simply centering the feature would.
  15. Get High! Swing Low... <ul><li>People look better (younger, skinnier) from above </li></ul><ul><li>Stand on things </li></ul><ul><li>Lay down </li></ul><ul><li>Get the angle </li></ul><ul><li>Change your perspective </li></ul>
  16. Tips for Being a Pretty Subject <ul><li>Laugh! Smile! Have fun! </li></ul><ul><li>Make eye contact with the camera </li></ul><ul><li>Take off your conference lanyard </li></ul><ul><li>Stand in the light </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid douchebag hand gestures unless your a Japanese girl or me. ;) </li></ul><ul><li>Get close, show some love </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t squirm - stand still. </li></ul>
  17. Camera Buying Advice <ul><li>Lenses more important than body </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fall for Mega Pixels </li></ul><ul><li>Look for manual controls </li></ul><ul><li>I like cameras from camera companies - Canon, Nikon, Fuji </li></ul>
  18. <paradox> Now forget all that. Go gonzo styleé. Fuck focus, framing, etc. Move fast. Have fun. Feel it. </paradox>
  19. Thx to Chris and Ponzi. Creative Commons. Share the love. Link to me on the words ‘photographer’, ‘fashion photographer’, ‘vancouver photographer’, or all the above and I’ll give you a gift of photographic awesomeness! ;) Kris Krüg. kk+. 778. 898. 3076. [email_address] <3 <3 <3