Category Archives: Photography

Crash Course Photography: Perspective

One of the things I’ve learned is to not always go for the obvious shot. Observe your surroundings. What would it look like to shoot from a different angle? Don’t be afraid to MOVE around. I found these photos on Pinterest and they didn’t have credits, but I thought it was a great illustration of what photographers do to change their perspective. I’m pretty sure I’m guilty of a few of these positions. Using a horse as a tri-pod? genius.

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Here are 5 ideas for changing your perspective.
1. Shoot from behind. Shouldn’t be your go-to position, but every so often it just works.

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2. Shoot from an elevated position. I’m always climbing stuff to get photos from above. Trees, ladders, stairs, walls… Shooting from an elevated position is great for groups because you can get more faces in the photo. Shooting from slightly above your subjects is also ideal for portraits because it is a flattering angle. I always bring a step stool on my portrait photo shoots.

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3. Shoot from ground level. Get low. I love the shot of my nephew playing cars in the dirt. He played for hours. The best way to capture that was to get down in the dirt with him. Photograph kids and babies at their eye level. CrashCourseCreative_Photography_Low
4. Get close. Zoom in on a face, hands, feet or details of a setting. CrashCourseCreative_Photography_Close
5. Shoot away from the action. What’s happening on the other side of the action? Capture the fans in the stands instead of just the action on the field. What is the audience doing? Anyone can photograph the characters in a parade, but your daughter’s expression as she sees the characters… that’s the shot you want.

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Crash Course Photography: Tell a Story

First of all, I am not a professional photographer. I had a class or two in college, pre-digital, so yes, ancient times. As a graphic designer, I am often selecting photos, art directing photography shoots, or forced to take my own in a crunch. This has given me a desire to learn more and to be better. Also, like any mom, I’m constantly snapping photos of my kids and I’ve decided might as well take good ones!  I will be sharing the tidbits I’ve learned and am still learning so I anticipate this as an ongoing series.

I’ll be sharing some technical tricks in future posts, but lets start with the heart of photography. The purpose of photography is to tell a story, to capture that moment or experience. Here are 5 ideas that can help you tell a story with your photography.
1. Take a series of photos in a row. Keep shooting during the action. You may end up with a series of photos that perfectly capture the moment with a variety of expressions. Blowing out birthday candles, opening a gift, and sports action and reaction are great times to try this technique.

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2. Don’t forget the details. Use your macro lens to get close. Add the little details to the story. Wedding photographers are great at getting those shots, taking close ups of the rings, the flowers, hand holding… but we often forget to use that technique in real life events.

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3. Use variety of scale. This goes along with #2. When photographing an event, do your best to get different angles and variety of scale. This makes your photos more interesting and tells more of the story.

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4. Add more visual information. Take photos of signs, tickets, architectural details, and maps to help add to the story and serve as visual reminders of where you were.

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5. Capture the unposed moments. Use a photo journalistic approach to get those candid moments. You’ll be surprised at how many of those shots become your favorites.

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