Nov 22 2009

Photographic Do’s and Don’ts

Published by at 12:06 pm under General

My biggest photographic pet peeve is when someone places  their subject right on top of their background.  What I mean by that is this:   Hi Tommy, let me shoot your picture, now go stand right in front of this wall.

There’s not a foot of separation between your subject and your background.  This is a sure fire recipe for photo DISASTER!You should avoid this like the plague.

I believe in making things as simple as possible for me to create a great image.Because of this, there are certain photographic situation that I wll never get myself stuck with.  This is definitely one of them.

I will almost always work to get as much space as I can get away with between my subject and my background.This keeps the background nice and soft so it doesn’t distract at all from my subject.

Take some time and mess around with this techniqu and you’ll start to understand just what a difference it’ll make in your photographs.Take your daughter and set her down on the floor in the middle of your kitchen or family room and get in close to her and shoot away at f 2. Notice how soft the background becomes and how dominant she is as the subject. 

When you’re done doing this, take her and place directly in front of that same background you were shooting towards and see how differently these images feel from the first set.This is a 100% no brainer.”

Does this sound too easy?  Sorry, but it is that easy to take better pictures.The better you understand the principles of photography and lighting, the easier it will become for you to make great pictures.

You want to learn and master as many different photo and lighting techniques as you can so that you have the most options available to you as possible.These options allow you to free up your creativity no matter kind of photographic circumstance you are dealing with.

The more arrows you have in your quiver, the better chance you have of getting a great shot.  This photographic technique is just one of many different arrows available to you as a photographer.

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