Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
If you are photographing a puppy or a dog with very little training, you will need a different strategy than if you are working with an older, highly trained dog. Before your shoot, have a conversation with the owner and find out if your subject can obey commands, such as “sit” and “stay.”
Digital cameras are capable of producing incredibly high-quality pictures these days. That is only one part of the equation, however. You, the photographer, have to understand not only how to use the camera properly, but also what other factors are involved in creating a beautiful image. If you have ever returned from a day of taking pictures only to be dissatisfied by the end result, these tips are for you.
Hoey starts with a test shot with his basic setup. He’s shooting with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II equipped with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, which he explains is ideal for this sort of shoot due to its fantastic depth of field. He has a Flashpoint Streaklight 360 set up overhead, outfitted with a beauty dish to diffuse the light.
Back in the day, Ansel Adams created the zone system for seeing light, processing negatives, and darkroom developing to get really high contrast, beautiful prints. Since film and digital are so different, we don’t talk about the zone system so much anymore, but photographer Mark Wallace has come up with his own abbreviated version.
So much is going on during this season that it would be a missed opportunity not to take advantage of it, photographically. Fortunately for you, we’ve got a slew of fall shooting tips that you won’t find anywhere else.
As a portrait photographer, you probably know how difficult it is sometimes when you try to improve your pictures with the right pose. Portrait photography can be quite challenging sometimes, especially when your mind goes blank and your creative ideas run amok.
Photography is progressive. As an art, a hobby, or a profession, there is never an ending point. Photographers continue to learn and grow—fine tuning old skills and acquiring new ones. Listening to what other successful photographers have to say can lead us to fresh realizations or encourage us to try something different.
This article will not focus on the practical aspect of becoming a successful photographer. Instead, we will attempt to get into the heads of successful photographers and try to find out how they think.
Price defines composition here as “arranging elements in a scene in a pleasing and easy-to-read manner.” He explains that there are three parts of successful composition: focal element, structure, and balance.
Light painting combines the fundamentals of shooting images in the dark with the creative twist of using artificial light that almost raises to the level of painting. Needless to say, in order to understand light painting you first need to understand how to shoot in the dark.
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