Taking a better photograph
Rizwan Kassim
rizwank@geekymedia.com
tags: barcampla, photography, engineer, restaurant
Novembe...
What I Do
 Software and Systems Engineer, uWink, Inc.

  Interactive restaurant with at-the-table touchscreen ordering, so...
Scope
 This is not an exhaustive list

 You’ve may have probably heard many, if not all, of these before

 Avoiding techni...
Photograph Sources
 Outright theft

  New York Institute of Photography

      http://www.nyip.com

    kodak.com

      h...
Equipment
 Most of these tips can help even with a simple throwaway Point
 and Shoot.
 You don’t have to spent thousands o...
There are no rules
 As with any artistic pursuit, there are no rules, only guidelines.

 That being said, trust the guidel...
NYIP’s Three Rules Guidelines
 Guideline One: What is the subject of my photograph?



 Guideline Two: How can I focus att...
The subject is obvious
                         8



                             8
Image from
www.theimageisfound.com
                          Focusing Attention
                                          ...
Avoiding
 Distractions
         Cropping
What’s wrong with her legs?




                              10



             ...
Presentation
 A great photograph is recognizable as a great photograph

 Occasionally, a good photograph needs a bit of he...
Kodak’s 10 tips for better
photos




                             12



                                  12
Look your subject in the eye
                               13



                                    13
Avoid distracting backgrounds
                                14



                                     14
The magic of the Flash
                         15



                              15
Get in closer
                16



                     16
Rule of Thirds
                 17



                      17
18



     18
Lock your focus
                  19



                       19
Know the range of your flash
                              20



                                   20
Lighting
 Lighting
 Lighting
“Painting Shadows”


  Photography =
“Drawing with Light”


(c) Jennifer Colston


          ...
Rotate the damn camera
                         22



                              22
Direct your posed shots
                          23



                               23
Getting better
 Decide why you’re shooting

 Are you capturing your child’s first birthday or attempting to be
 artistic. A...
Final Thoughts
 Shoot a lot

 THINK about your photographs before you take them

 Edit your photographs

 Learn about Focu...
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Taking a Better Photograph

  1. 1. Taking a better photograph Rizwan Kassim rizwank@geekymedia.com tags: barcampla, photography, engineer, restaurant November 11th, 2007 1 1
  2. 2. What I Do Software and Systems Engineer, uWink, Inc. Interactive restaurant with at-the-table touchscreen ordering, solo and group gaming, and group activities. From the same mind that brought you Atari and Chuck-E-Cheese. Senior Engineer, Hometown Telecom VoIP International calling plans online I also take photographs as a hobby 2 2
  3. 3. Scope This is not an exhaustive list You’ve may have probably heard many, if not all, of these before Avoiding technical discussions about fstops and exposure I highly recommend spending a few hours reading about these subjects. 3 3
  4. 4. Photograph Sources Outright theft New York Institute of Photography http://www.nyip.com kodak.com http://tinyurl.com/3c6taq www.theimageisfound.com Thanks to Jen Cleary, Hollee Brinlee and Lisa Brewster 4 4
  5. 5. Equipment Most of these tips can help even with a simple throwaway Point and Shoot. You don’t have to spent thousands of dollars in photography gear. It can help. Most importantly, you need equipment that you’re familiar with and trust. Don’t get stuck in the Nikon vs. Canon debate. Pick one. Enjoy. Megapixel count isn’t as important as they make it out to be. Wait until your equipment actually restricts your vision. 5 5
  6. 6. There are no rules As with any artistic pursuit, there are no rules, only guidelines. That being said, trust the guidelines until you know when to break them. Except one rule. Don’t take pictures of people eating food. They won’t like it. 6 6
  7. 7. NYIP’s Three Rules Guidelines Guideline One: What is the subject of my photograph? Guideline Two: How can I focus attention on my subject? Guideline Three: Is there anything I can do to simplify my photograph? Is there anything in the frame that’s distracting? 7 7
  8. 8. The subject is obvious 8 8
  9. 9. Image from www.theimageisfound.com Focusing Attention 9 9
  10. 10. Avoiding Distractions Cropping What’s wrong with her legs? 10 10
  11. 11. Presentation A great photograph is recognizable as a great photograph Occasionally, a good photograph needs a bit of help Editing/Cropping Avoiding the ubiquitous 4x6” 35mm print Borders and Framing Posed casual pictures = boring 11 11
  12. 12. Kodak’s 10 tips for better photos 12 12
  13. 13. Look your subject in the eye 13 13
  14. 14. Avoid distracting backgrounds 14 14
  15. 15. The magic of the Flash 15 15
  16. 16. Get in closer 16 16
  17. 17. Rule of Thirds 17 17
  18. 18. 18 18
  19. 19. Lock your focus 19 19
  20. 20. Know the range of your flash 20 20
  21. 21. Lighting Lighting Lighting “Painting Shadows” Photography = “Drawing with Light” (c) Jennifer Colston 21 21
  22. 22. Rotate the damn camera 22 22
  23. 23. Direct your posed shots 23 23
  24. 24. Getting better Decide why you’re shooting Are you capturing your child’s first birthday or attempting to be artistic. Are you a photojournalist or part of the scene? Do competitions, or self challenges http://www.dpchallenge.com/ Too much flexibility - try restricting yourself. Turn off the Zoom Lens. Five Obstructions. Walk your block. 24 24
  25. 25. Final Thoughts Shoot a lot THINK about your photographs before you take them Edit your photographs Learn about Focus, Depth of Field, fstops and Focal Lengths. Post and share your photographs (Thanks Doug!) flickr, photo.net, nyip.com, slideshowpro.net. Any others? 25 25

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