Recently I asked the question of ‘what is it that I do best’ to a group of trusted, sage advisers and they all shouted back at me PHOTOS! THE PHOTOS! MORE PHOTOS! (Who can’t read that without thinking ‘SHOUTY CAPITALS’? Just me?)
[Obligatory disclaimer: while I really don't claim to know anything about photography I am finally accepting that people seem to like my pictures. So perhaps I can offer a few tips to you folks out there wanting to improve your stuff.]
So here is my very first, brand new blog feature and I hereby swear to produce easy to digest, bite sized photography tips on a regular basis that will allow you to get an inside look at how I approach photography as well as tricks and technical knowledge I’ve picked up from other people who actually know what they are doing.
My very first tip is also the MOST IMPORTANT. Can you guess what it is?
Is it how to properly expose a shot? Is it the rule of thirds? Is it knowing what to do in post processing to make your shot shine?
It’s none of those things. It’s figuring out (for yourself) the answer to why you bust out that camera (or phone) in the first place.
For most of us, especially the mamas, the answer is ‘to capture the moment.’
To have something tangible which enables us to weave a narrative around that photo of who, what, when, where and why it matters. To have and to hold dear that split second freeze frame moment in time.
From a practical application it means that when you look at your photo…
and start to play ’spot the problems’:
- the lighting is weird
- there’s a big shadow on the mama’s face
- the only thing that seems to be in focus is the kiddo’s hair
- you can’t actually see either of their (beautiful) faces
- both of their heads are cut off
You resist the temptation to bin it for all of the things that are ‘technically’ wrong with it and instead remind yourself that the important thing here is the MOMENT. The moment (that mother and daughter are sharing that I was lucky enough to capture.)
Instead get creative about how to minimize attention to the problem spots: lighting & focus. In the case of this shot I did it with just one click which converted the photo to black and white. Behold…
(Okay maybe not that last one)
Happy shooting! And see you next Friday.