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6 Tips for Photographing Large People

Posted by Hans on June 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM Comments comments (0)

6 Tips for Photographing Large People

by Elizabeth Halford


 

The first thing to acknowledge here is that large people know that they’re large. As with any body type (skinny included) their body image may cause them to believe that they’re either larger or smaller than they are. You can tastefully discuss body image with them clients which is something I may be inclined to do with any type of person. Understanding how a client feels about their body is always a great thing to know. And if they’ve scheduled a photo session, they’re probably already pretty confident people.

As a society, we try to find ways to make people look smaller and we think that smaller = more attractive, but this doesn’t need to be our primary focus when shooting large people. Making them appear comfortable? Now that’s important. And I agree, laying on the ground is usually a no-go. Here are a few tips I’ve found helpful:

1. Use a telephoto lens or the longest zoom that you have. This will compress the shot and keep it from suffering from widening distortion. Experiment with the distortion correction in Photoshop to see if there’s any barreling that you don’t notice on first inspection.

2. Don’t shoot from a low angle.

3. You can shoot from higher up looking down, but beware that this is a way overused tactic for photographing larger people so throw in lots of other types of framing, not just this one.

4. You can use one subject’s body to shield another (if one is lighter than the other)

5. Obviously, you have the option of not photographing their whole body. Try different varieties of head-and-shoulders shots, but beware that they may feel that you’re saying that they’re unattractive if you don’t also provide them with body shots. Your job is to photograph them like you would anyone else so don’t think you’re doing them a favour by completely ignoring their entire body.

6. In a post of mine this week on posing families, try the ‘huddle’ and ’squeeze in’ poses which eliminates full body shots.

 

 



7 Techniques To Better Photography

Posted by Hans on June 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM Comments comments (0)


7 Techniques To Better Photography 

 

Photography is one of those things that everybody does, but few can do well. We’ve all had the experience of going on a shoot and having something really simple go wrong. But there are some simple but disciplined rules which will help your photographic expeditions be more successful. You may already be familiar with some of these tips, but if you even find one more for your daily procedure, you’re already ahead of the game.

 

Take twice as many photographs as you think you’ll need.

After all, in these days of digital cameras with loads of memory, spending money on film is no longer an issue. Subtle variations in conditions will lead a model to have a slightly different pose, more or less sun when a cloud passes by, a sudden breeze ruffling the hair just right, and so on. Taking many shots just increases your chances of getting the perfect shot that you came for. You can experiment with lighting, angles, lenses andcomposition.

 

Take time to plan the shot.

Almost self-explanatory. But some shots you can plan to the last detail, and still when you view the results you notice that the model was standing in front of the car in such a way that it appeared that the antenna was coming out of their head. Just the kind of thing you don’t think of when you’re taking the shot. Plan ahead, think of it as a painting, and decide what goes into the frame and what you’re going to leave out.

Change an angle every now and then.

This is one you’ve probably already heard, but few people actually do this. They do it reflexively when they get close to the ground to take a snap of a child or a puppy, however. Variations on this technique for other subjects can be getting down low when you’re taking pictures of pedestrians in busy places, or shooting up at subjects who are seen as important people in society. This technique, when used at the right time, will make many normal shots extraordinary.

Natural lighting is your best friend.

To put it bluntly, built-in flash is a loss. All it does is make people’s eyes red and cast a hallow pallor over the subjects making them look like figures in a wax museum. Daylight is best, and lamps are second best. Even an ordinary room lamp is better. Soft lighting will create some exceptional shots when you’re doing portraiture or looking for a special effect. Here’s another article on getting the light source right.

 

Keep extra supplies handy.

Batteries and memory sticks, or whatever else you’re using. Nobody wants to get all the way out to the location and then find out they have to abandon the perfect conditions to drive the two hours back to town for supplies.

Explore every feature on your camera.

So many people rely on automatic features, and yet cameras these days have tons of features. Just like with a computer or a cell phone, it can’t do everything it was designed to do until you know what every button and setting does. If you don’t know the different affects that modes like Action, Nighttime, Macro, Close-ups, Portrait, and Landscape do, you’re missing out.

 

Keep a steady hand.

This is often the first thing we learn in photography but people forget that this is why pictures comes out blurry. Practice keeping it steady and smoothly squeezing the trigger. Invest a couple of dollars in a tripod stand if you still have problems.

By Roy Barker. Roy guides you on starting a photography business and places strong emphasis on profitability issues & guidelines. You can also gain photography insights, help (mostly free) or even a digital photography tipor two. For brief reviews on services or equipment (many free) see photography equipment

 


3 Stupid simple Reasons why most people's photography does not improve

Posted by Hans on June 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM Comments comments (0)

3 Stupidly Simple Reasons Why Most People’s Photography Does Not Improve

1. You don’t Take Your Camera With You

If you don’t practice using your camera you’re unlikely to ever grow in your understanding of and skill in photography and if you rarely have it with you – you’ll not get that practice.

Does that mean you need to lug your DSLR and all your cumbersome gear around with you all the time?

Maybe – I have friends who are never without their main camera – but if that’s just not practical, at least make sure you have a smaller point and shoot or even a decent camera phone with you at all times. While the quality of the images you take might not be as great with these cameras – at least you’ll be practicing your composition, thinking about light, color and other aspects of photography.

2. You’re Going too Fast

Many of us lead life at such a fast pace that we rarely stop to see the opportunities right before us to take wonderful images.

You can carry your camera around with you 24/7 for the rest of your life but unless you learn to slow down and to look at the world a little differently you may never actually use it.

As a result – I guess one of the tips I find myself giving to some that I talk to is to find ways to slow down – or at least slow down temporarily to set aside time to be a bit more intentional about photography. It might start by taking a walk with the main objective of doing some photography but could also be something bigger like a weekend away with your camera or even taking a photography class or tour.

For me its about building photography into your daily rhythm and in time it starts to become a more natural thing as you get in the habit of seeing life a little differently.

3. You are Worried what Others Will Think

I’ve come across quite a few people lately who suffer from ‘framing paralysis’.

They take their camera with them and they even slow down enough to see the photographic opportunities around the – but there’s just something that stops them lifting their camera up to frame the shot.

When I dig a little I’ve found in most of these instances the person is simply worried about what others around the will think if they use their camera. Will they look stupid? Will people think that they’re photographing them?

Its a feeling I’ll admit to having myself in the past and when I asked about it on our Facebook page the other day it seems that it’s quite common.

I guess the key to moving through framing paralysis is to grow your confidence as a photographer. For me the more photos I took and the more I began to exercise the discipline of taking images the easier it got. Another friend of mine got over his paralysis by finding a photography buddy to go out with – two of the taking shots somehow seemed less confronting than him doing it alone.








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