7 things I learned on my 1st year in a photography group, part II

IMG_8617One year on PTS, part II

After posting part I of this article i realized what I’m writing is aimed more towards me than any other audience. But if you think this helps you please let me know πŸ™‚

The Sandwich

I was told this analogy, where we can describe the different aspect of a shoot as a sandwich. Sounds funny, right? It actually is πŸ™‚

Imagine every aspect of a shoot as a layer of a sandwich:

  • Light
  • Photographer
  • Composition (lines, etc)
  • Subject
  • Background

All of these are layers of a sandwich that if done right will render a beautiful picture. So next time you’re about to take a picture think about the layers. Where is light coming from?, where I’m standing with respect of light and subject?, what are the main aspect of my composition?, what is my subject?, and what’s behind my subject?

Look for all of these questions and the chances of obtaining a good picture will increase dramatically. Promised!

IMG_8598Short tips

Turn your camera!

Yes, if you think you have a good shot try turning your camera to reframe the shot. You’ll be surprised of the results. Un conventional angles makes for great pictures.

Subject matters!

Think how important is your subject and frame it accordingly. In other words, make sure your subject fills 75% of your composition. And then learn how to break this rule πŸ˜‰

Find the right angle

Get low, walk around, change the angle. Look for the best way to obtain that great shot. Get away from the easy way of shooting. Great things are usually obtain through effort and pain. So get down on the floor, knee down, get dirty and do whatever you need to get that great shot!

Kelvin, our friend.

No, is not Klein or hat actor either!. Kelvin is a unit to measure colour temperature. You must understand that camera settings are opposite to real Kelvin scale. In other words, in camera 2500K will turn a picture bluish and a 10.000 Kelvin all red. In real life 2500Kelvin is the red end of colour spectrum and 10.000K is the blue end.

The value on the camera is the opposite of the real thing. Confused? Don’t be! Turn on your live view and change your WB kelvin until you’re happy. You see, there’s no need to worry or think about the science behind all of these.

Time to read a bit

Yes, I’ll never be tired of saying this, your Canon camera manual is the best aid to learn about shooting. You have to learn what your camera can do. So read the manual, practice and learn what you lens can do, and after that experiment and break all rules.