Step 1 - It's all about light
The Word Photography is derived from the word Photon which is the study of light.
Our eyes have an amazing ability to see light of every quantity and quality in nanoseconds. A camera is not that advanced (yet) .
A camera works by gathering light information through the lens and projecting it onto a digital sensor which have replace film as the best way of capturing that information. So ....
The more light that enters the camera the better the image quality will be and the less the camera has to work to grab that shot.
When choosing a camera one should not just look at the megapixels but at the quality of the lens!
This shot was achieved indoors without a flash just by positioning my daughter in front of the big bay window. Can you notice the light levels between the subject and our front room? if you placed the subject further back the quality of the light has dropped dramatically!
So Step number 1 is - Find the best light and use it!
Step 2 - don't just take a shot - Compose first
If you look at any design whether it a cereal packet or newspaper you will find that the main headline or title is always 2/3rds of the way up the overall picture and sometimes it's 2/3rds across. My theory is to do with our natural vision and how the horizon is two thirds up in our own field of view. It's how we process the natural world.
Step 3 - Fill the frame and clear the clutter
When thinking about a portrait of a person. Do we really want to see the details in the background? If we do they have to be relevant to the finished picture (see left)
The previous two contrasting shots show that if you include everything you want and get rid of everything you don't want you can create a beautiful portrait or tell a story about the subject through nice placement of the the surroundings in relation to the subject.
Have a DSLR? Want to learn more? Why not book me for a one to one session? Just lesson can set you on a path to understanding how a camera works and how to take better pictures!
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