One of the things I'm asked to photograph often are speakers at corporate events. These can be boring and uninspiring if not photographed right. So remember this — look at the background and position yourself so there's some texture and depth present behind your subject. In the photo above, the picture frames to the left created a geometrical interest that draws the viewer into the subject's face. Whereas with the photo below, the cross-section of metal helps to frame the subject. If you can, play around with the positioning of your camera, … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: What Makes a Great Photo of a Speaker?
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to photograph a local event with entrepreneurs from Detroit, who had traveled to Grand Rapids to visit with other "makers" in the area. There were talks and hands-on interaction; a lot of which I'm used to with corporate events. But there was also a lot of time for me to get creative. The client didn't have a need for hundreds of photos of each speaker or the crowd. So I went exploring. Focusing on the Details The event was held in two shops downtown. One was more of a workspace than a store, while the … [Read more...] about Getting Creative with Event Photography
When photographing an image with some type of line, path, or object that will go out of my frame, my very first instinct is to find a way to push it towards one of the corners. This also works well for items that are coming into the frame, too. Compositionally speaking, this type of framing is very pleasing. It can prevent a road, stairway, or limb from the appearance of being chopped off or awkwardly positioned in the photograph. It can help bring balance to the image as a whole. Keep in mind that to do this, you may need to tilt your camera. … [Read more...] about Photographic Composition: Using the Corners of the Frame
Thanks to Vanelli and Meghan Ryan-Harrington for the Behind the Scenes shots. When shooting a video project, there is a need to typically get multiple shots (or angles) of the same scene. In modern productions, viewers aren't content to watch just a single shot occur on screen. The audience expects multiple angles to be combine together. This creates visual interest and helps guide the viewer through the story. The use of multiple shots is also helpful during editing as it helps control the timing on a scene (and even cover mistakes). The … [Read more...] about What’s That Video Shot Called?
The overall composition of a photograph can make-or-break an image. There is a lot to think about before you click the shutter release, and one of these things is whether you want the image to be framed vertically or horizontally. When I make a photograph, especially if I know it's a "keeper", I usually will take three shots of the same image: vertical, horizontal, and an angled version (also known as "Dutch angle"). On a recent trip to Canada I stopped at Butchart Gardens to do some flower photography. When I found a flower that I wanted to … [Read more...] about Angle Matters
THE WORLD FROM FIVE FEET EIGHT INCHES Most amateur pictures suffer from the same problem. They have all been taken from a height of five feet and eight inches. How do I know? That's the height of most tripods. Too often, beginners just set their camera on a tripod, top it off to its maximum height, and blast away. That's fine if you are photographing subjects that also happen to be five feet and six inches tall. Anything else, not so much. THREE DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS The most impressive angle for people and animal photographs is the eye level … [Read more...] about Changing Camera Angles