Sunday, 5 July 2015

Photoshoot Tips

As the weather is getting warmer and the nights are getting longer; what better to do than go outside, enjoy than sun and take cool photographs with your friends.

As photography student  Kate and I are encouraged to take around 15-20 pictures per shoot. Although I often take a lot more than that.

Tip 1: Try to take at least 15-20 photographs per shoot to make sure you get images lots of good images, to post to instagram or just to print out and get framed.

Tip 2: Go on a walk round your local village or town and as you find a nice background, like the one up here, take a few pictures.

Tip 3: Find areas with gaps of shadows and spots of light, like wooden fences or rows of dark shaded trees. These photographs may not work but if you don't try you will never know.

These photographs just above had so much potential and some of them work better than others, but they are quite "busy" as our photography teacher would say. They have to much going on to let the model shine through.

Tip 4: Try not to make your photographs to busy, otherwise the model might get lost in the background.

Tip 5: Lighting, lighting, lighting. Find natural lighting to compliment your model. If you can find a dark area of trees like this, then you are very lucky because they tend to have little spots of sun coming through the leaves which create lovely shadows.

The area that Kate and I took these images in was a quiet public public footpath next to a small thin stream. As you go further down the path you will see: to your left the small stream and to your right a beautiful pond with ducks swimming around, they often climb out of the pond to walk along the path with people, especially if they have bread with them.

Tip 6: This one is possibly the most important if you want to have a laugh with your models. To build a good rapport with your model, it means to communicate and have fun with your models.
 If you are taking pictures with your friends this summer then its not that important because chatting and joking around might not be to hard. Some examples of the happy and funny pictures you can take when building a rapport with your model are below.

Tip 7: Composition, as a photography student this is one of the first things we learnt.
Rule of thirds is one of the main compositions I use as well as 50/50. One of the easiest compositions to explain is 50/50 it basically means that something in your photo spits the frame into two parts. A variation of 50/50 is to have one thing in the frame that fills half of the picture. Its a little bit like the photograph above of Kate's red camera. For the rule of thirds you have to imagine a grid on your picture, although some cameras have the grid on screen, if your subject/model is on the third line, which can be vertical or horizontal. Ta da! You have your rule of thirds composition.

What are your plans this summer?

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