How do we capture a moment?
Preface & Concepts to Know
Open a yearbook, what’s the first thing you look at? The pictures right?
Pictures are THE most important thing. Every part of the book adds or detracts to its value and quality, but the very first thing we look at and judge (besides the cover) is the photos. Its paramount that you take good pictures every time, and that you take a lot of them. If you take 50 good shots, just by probably, some of them ought to turn out great.
I normally take around 100 to 200 photos on a shoot, and I’m roughly happy with 25% of them, and normally very happy with about 5% of them. Keep in mind, I’ve been studying photography since I was about your age. So, expect to take a lot of photos. To aid you in taking good shots, there’s a multitude of different composition techniques.
Heres a good chunk in no particular order, but this isn’t extensive.
- Fill the Frame
- Depth of Field
- Rule of Thirds
- Unusual Angle
- Leading Lines
- Negative Space
We’ll be focusing on Depth, Negative Space, Balance, Fill the Frame, and to a lesser extent, Unusual Angle for this six weeks. For your first in class and out of class photo assignment, you’ll focus on these. Try to take 2 pictures of each individual using the different techniques (Depth, Negative Space, Balance, Fill the Frame) and 1 picture of each individual using Unusual Angle. Being a photographer requires a lot of on the spot thinking, and the ability to read the situation, find the best angles, and take the best shots you can. Don’t bother with posed shots. The only reason you should take a posed shot is to get the people posing to stop posing so you can get pictures of them actually doing whatever they are doing.
Don’t even use the delete option when your on a shoot, if anything, it just eats up the camera’s battery life and could cause you end up missing another potential shot. Some of my favorite shots have been those I considered deleting, and I’ve missed plenty of other potential good shots because I was too busy evaluating shots on the camera instead of paying attention to my surroundings. You’ll need to capture pictures out of class at least twice each six weeks (only once this six weeks, since the six weeks is halfway through).
It’s also important that you know how to tweak or adjust photos in Photoshop & Lightroom. Most important things to know how to fix:
- Red Eye
- Reduce Noise
- Adjust Color Balance
- Adjust Exposure
- Adjust Saturation
- Removing Blemishes or other distracting elements
- Straightening Images (Don’t crop, we can crop in the software!)
- Control focus with blur and saturation