Showing posts with label Photo Tip Fridays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photo Tip Fridays. Show all posts

Friday, December 27, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

Good morning friends!  I hope that this year my photography tips have helped you and taught you how to take better photos.  I have been thinking a lot about what to do with this section of the blog.  I've been giving you photo tips for close to a year and a half.  I want to shake things up a little bit.  Instead of tips, I'm going to challenge you, literally.  Instead of Photo Tips Friday, starting on 2014 this is going to be Photo Challenge Friday.  Every Friday I'm going to have a challenge for you and for me as well. I would tell you more, but I don't want to ruin the surprise ;-)  

So this is my last tip for Photo Tip Fridays:

Examine the work of other photographers.  Learn from their work, but don't compare yourself to anyone.  You are unique and you need to develop your uniqueness.  Don't close your mind to finding new ways of doing things.  Edit your photos, it is better to keep 1 great photo than 30 OK photos, always pass up good for great.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

When you are photographing sporting events (such as your child's baseball/football/soccer game or any other sport), here are some ways to make it easier

1-Use a fast shutter speed:  1/500 or faster

2-If the sport uses a ball, try to catch photos that include the ball

3-Take good closeups

4-Photograph the action that is coming towards you.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

Today I want to remind you one more time of the essential qualities of a good photo:

1-A clear subject.

2-Find a way to focus the viewer's attention on your subject.

3-Get rid of unimportant information and clutter.  Make it simple.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

When taking photos of people outdoors, it is best not to do it between 12-2 PM.  The bright, harsh sunlight at that time will create dark eye sockets.  Early morning and late afternoon light is considered the golden hours.  The long shadows can be interesting, the light is soft and the warm colors can be very flattering.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

When the subject is your photo is looking straight at the camera they are looking directly at the viewer.  This creates a relationship between the subject and the viewer.  If your intention is to tell a story, then have your subject looking elsewhere.  For instance, if your intention is to show how much fun your subject is having at a party, have them looking at their partner or at their friends.  Figure out what is your intention with the photo and then think of a way to show it on the photo.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

When taking photos of a wedding, here's a sample of shots that you may want to include:

The bride getting ready at home.
The bride leaving her house and getting into the car
The bride getting to the church
Walking down the isle (arrival)
The actual ceremony
Walking down the isle (leaving)
The greeting line
Getting back in the car
The reception
The couple leaving

Friday, November 15, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

When taking a photo of a group of people, don't simply line them up side by side.  Think of a triangle and dont allow open spaces between the people.  You want to achieve unity.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

Of the most important issues when taking a portrait of a group of people is to have all the subjects looking in the same direction.   Even if they're not looking at the camera.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

When you are taking color photos that you plan to turn into black and white, be aware of the colors. In black and white photos colors become shades of gray. Think about the impact that you want to make.  Also, dark grey, red, brown and the likes are going to look almost the same in black and white.  Examine the identical photos below to see what I mean. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

When the light is facing your camera avoid the reflection by placing the camera in the shade, using a lens hood or cover the lens with something flat.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

When your subject is under a tree, check their face to make sure that you avoid the little points of light that peek through the foliage.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

Overcast days are GREAT for portraits because the clouds will diffuse the light and act as an umbrella. Don't be afraid of taking photos during overcast days.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

When taking a portrait outdoors place your subject in the shade. Sunlight will have your subject squinting.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

Corrective techniques for portraits

Bulging eyes-3/4 face with the eyes facing downward and the camera at eye level
Heavy set figure-3/4 face and dark clothes.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

Corrective techniques for portraits:

Prominent chin,  Double chin or long neck- the subject should lean forward and the camera should be higher

Friday, September 13, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

Corrective techniques for portraits:

Long nose- photograph the full face with the camera lower.
Short nose-The chin should be lowered a little and the camera should be higher
Weak chin-The chin should be up and the camera lower

Friday, September 6, 2013

Photo Tip Friday

If you're shooting a portrait of a subject that is wearing eye glasses, make sure to position your light in a way that there is no reflection. You want the eyes to be seen clearly. Your subject can move their chin down a bit or you can raise your lights.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Photo Tip Friday-Tip # 44

When taking portraits, consider using props.  Decide on the theme and then use props that will reinforce them.  For instance, if you're photographing a child you may want to use a teddy bear, if you're taking a graduation photo it would be nice to have a diploma or a cap, a businessman might look good holding eye glasses or in front of a laptop.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Photo Tip Friday-Tip # 43

Eye contact is important in a portrait photograph.  If your viewer can't make eye contact with your subject (via the photograph, of course), that relationship between the subject and the viewer will be lost and something will be missing.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Photo Tip Friday-Tip # 42

Learn to use a reflector board.  You can use a large sheet of poster board, or you can get a professional reflector, they're not expensive.  You can use it to gently illuminate parts of the face without the need for extra lighting.  You can take it with you on location and it is much easier than carrying extra lights.  A reflector board does just what it says.  It will reflect light toward the direction in which you point it.