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- Location Hunting for Awesome Sports Car Photography (Video)
- The Changing Perception of “Snapshot” Photography (Video)
Posted: 08 Sep 2013 04:21 PM PDT
Sometimes very small changes can have a huge effect on the outcome. This is especially true for photography and this article will share seven of the most powerful photography tips there are.
#1 – Take the photo from the subject’s eye level
It’s so easy to just take a picture from a standing position, but if you’re for instance taking a picture of a kid, you will get a much more interesting picture if you bend down to the same level as the kid.
Remember that you don’t have to make the subject look into the camera. Simply getting down on the level of the subject will create a picture that has a more personal connection to the subject.
#2 – Avoid using a distracting background
This is a simple photography tips, yet a very effective one. By using a plain background, the picture will emphasize your subject and give you a much better result. A noisy and distracting background will draw the eye away from the subject and make the whole picture look messy and amateurish.
#3 – Use flash outdoors
On sunny days the sun often creates hard shadows and you get high contrast pictures where either your shadows burn out or your highlights get overexposed.
One of the best ways to remedy this is to use the flash. Given that your subject is within the range of the flash, it will work as a fill light, lifting the shadows and giving you a more balanced picture.
#4 – Get close to the subject
Getting very close to the subject or using the zoom to make the subject fill the viewfinder, will often give you a very impactful result. By doing this, you eliminate all background distractions and display the subject from a different perspective than what we’re used to.
If you want the subject to really pop from the background, you can either zoom in on the subject as much as possible and/or decrease your blender as much as possible. This will give you a nice, defocused background.
Keep in mind that you may have to put your camera into “macro”-mode (often indicated by a flower-sign) to make this work. In addition, there is a limit of how close you can get. This depends on the lens of your camera and you can often find this distance printed around the edge of the lens.
#5 – Focus before you shoot
You’ll often get the pictures you want just pointing your camera at the subject and hitting the shutter button, thanks to the advanced auto focus found in newer cameras.
However, it’s not always perfect. Your camera might be focusing someplace different from where you wanted the focus to be, or maybe you missed the perfect moment when your camera was auto-focusing. If that’s the case, here’s what you do:
#6 – Bring the subject within range of the flash
Keep in mind that the flash range of most cameras is around ten feet (slightly over 3 meters). If you try to take a picture of a subject further away than this, the flash will have little or no effect on the picture.
In the worst case you may end up ruining the picture since the flash could light up the foreground. With the camera set on automatic, it is likely to try to expose for the foreground, making your subject very dark.
#7 – Place the subject off-center
Placing the subject right in the middle of the picture often result in boring pictures. To spice things up a bit, imagine that the image you see through the viewfinder have three vertical and horizontal lines equally distributed, forming a perfect grid.
Place the subject at one of the intersections of lines and take the picture. Remember that since most cameras will try to focus on what’s in the middle of the picture, you may have to lock the focus as described above.
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Posted: 08 Sep 2013 02:33 PM PDT
Mount Timpanogos, or "Timp" as some would call it, is the second highest mountain in Utah’s Wasatch Range. It towers over the Orem, Pleasant Grove and Provo area and is quite the prominent figure against the landscape. At 7000 feet from the valley floor, the sight certainly draws the attention of both locals and tourists and has earned the title of most climbed mountain in Utah:
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Posted: 08 Sep 2013 02:01 PM PDT
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Posted: 08 Sep 2013 01:35 PM PDT
So you have access to two really cool (and expensive) sports cars, your crew, your camera, and your lighting gear. So what do you need to make some awesome photos? Some awesome locations. Though your subject is the focus of your shot, the background can make all the difference in the final image. For instance, if you were shooting commercial photos of a kayak, which would you use: the leech-infested pond in your back yard or a beautiful white-rapid river sandwiched between two majestic mountain peaks. Alright, maybe that observation was a little bias. Maybe you have a very nice leech-infested pond. The point is location matters. Take a look at some of the spots that Pepper Yandell is able to find to photograph a couple of sleek sports cars:
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Note that it doesn’t take a large crew to pull off a shoot. The majority of Yandell’s crew were filming the behind-the-scenes video. Not a lot of equipment was used either. The key grip only used one or two Profoto lights which she changed the locations and angles of between each exposure allowing Yandell to combine all of these photos later in post-processing.
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Posted: 08 Sep 2013 11:08 AM PDT
When’s the last time your printed one of your photographs? We live in an age of immediacy. It’s not unheard of to take several pictures a day and share them on Facebook within seconds of their capture. But with the speed of life, our online images are also quickly forgotten. Gone are the days of the printed snapshot.
In this video, vintage snapshot collector Robert E. Jackson talks with NPR’s Claire O’Neill about how our perceptions of snapshots have changed in recent decades:
Jackson is not a photographer himself, but he has plenty to say about photography. In 1997 he started collecting strangers’ snapshots, and since then, he’s showcased them in exhibits at the National Gallery of Art and the Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York.
What draws Jackson to old personal photos is their intimacy. In the days before social media and digital cameras, snapshots were created for a personal audience. They weren’t usually seen outside of the photographer’s home, and more often than not, they were stored away in a closet soon after being developed. These kinds of photos were created to bring back memories and not necessarily for aesthetic reasons.
In the interview, Jackson says that although people now take more daily photos than ever, he feels that image taking has gone from being about the “we” of our society to being about “me”. He suggests that we share our photos online, in essence, to brag about our own lives. Rather than saving our prints in a box, we know our photos will be seen by hundreds of friends, associates, and family members. It seems that, in reaching out to more people, our photography has actually become less personal.
Whether or not you agree with Robert E. Jackson’s theories on the changing perspectives, it’s hard to argue that snapshots are the same now as they used to be. Will photo collectors of the future have any prints to collect and weigh in on? Probably not as many as Jackson has been able to accumulate.
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