Group pictures can be intimidating. All the skills you've mastered to make a person look great in a picture now have to be applied to a bunch of folks all at once, and that's not easy. Let me share a simple idea about posing groups that will help you arrange your subjects in a pleasing composition. This is a principle that you can apply to any size group. Go for Pyramids When you group people together, try to group them so that three faces make a triangle, and you can use the same face in multiple triangles. So you'll have little groups … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: Pyramid Posing For Groups
At the Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, digital capture was on the horizon. It wasn't ready for prime time. The photograph above is of the Canadian Tandem Cycling Team. The athlete on the right steers while her blind teammate adds power. They are multiple gold medal winners. I made their portrait on Kodak Tri-X film ISO: 400. This post is part of a series on photography's basics on the three components of exposure: Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. Before a discussion of any of these three pillars of exposure happens, a question has to be … [Read more...] about Photography’s Basics: ISO
Your camera offers a lot of settings to make shooting easier. While I'm personally a fan of Aperture priority mode (where you set the depth of field and let the camera do the most of the rest) I also find Shutter Priority (or Time Value) Mode quite useful. In this shooting mode, you tell the camera how long to leave the shutter open. It will then determine the Aperture and ISO sensitivity. This is all part of shooting with the exposure triangle if you need a refresher. Here's a simple example with a spinning industrial fan. This photo is … [Read more...] about Why Shoot in Shutter Priority or Time Value Mode?
When it comes to properly exposing the shot, you need to understand exposure. In this video, I shoot in manual mode and show you how to get a properly exposed video shot. This knowledge also translates seamlessly into photo shooting as well. This tutorial is part of a new series we're launching to help photographer's get up and running with video. We'll have a few posts a week to help you expand your skills. Let us know what you want to learn in the comments below. Can't see the video? Click here. ______ … [Read more...] about Getting the Best Shot- Exposure
In this detailed tutorial, I walk you through how to control exposure using the exposure triangle. See how shutter speed, ISO, and aperture all play a role in getting the right exposure. You can check out the whole class here and get a free trial membership here. Disclaimer: This is just one way to achieve proper exposure. ______ … [Read more...] about Mastering the Exposure Triangle
I've had a lot of people ask me how to properly expose a DSLR camera when shooting video. It seems a bit tricky since you really need to shoot in Manual mode to get the best results. Here's a video I recorded for the DPBestflow project which may help you. _________ … [Read more...] about How to Expose a Video Shot on a DSLR
In food photography, and photography in general, a good fundamental tip on composition is to create or find triangles in your images. Triangles keep the viewers eyes on the photo, since when you follow a triangle with your eyes you are basically circling around the image, looking at all the elements. In this image the basil leaves are the boldest color, so your eyes probably were drawn to that part of the image first. If you followed your eyes to the other leaves then you were fooled into looking at the entire photo. ;) Your triangles don't … [Read more...] about Food Photography: Finding Triangles