You don’t have to have a fancy camera or know the photog lingo to get great pics. As weather warms up here, and things are getting green I can’t help but be more interested in taking people pics!! I was reminded of a few good tips on my recent trip, and today I’d like to share with you.
First: for heaven’s sake TURN YOUR CAMERA!! Take a portrait (vs landscape) oriented picture and get more of your subject, less of random junk. When handing your camera over to someone to take your picture – ask them to take a shot this way (if that’s what you’re after) and don’t hesitate to zoom on in. I will never understand people who don’t turn their camera more often. I flip back and forth looking for the better shot ALL the time.
the other thing you MUST do for close-ups? LOOK at what is behind your subject. Ugly buckets? Weird building? Signs? People? Move yourself around and find a complimentary backdrop for your subject. (Or if you’re in photos, turn around and make sure there’s no funk going on behind you!)
Also: sunlight. DO NOT get trapped into weird part shade/part sun situations especially on the face. If you can’t get totally in (or out) of the sun – at least position so that it’s not in the face (see above photo – sun is just on his arm). Indirect sun is always preferable (less harsh) – but do what you can with whatcha got.
So that’s it. Three simple tips that can mean the difference between blah and ooh that’s good people pictures.
Miss E this morning: modeling her Creative Chicks Rule T-shirt. (from Target)
I’m no photographer – I’m just a point & shoot girl. But at least with being more aware of my environment and what’s going to happen when I go to develop my pictures I can get more good shots, and avoid “oh no I can’t believe I didn’t notice…” moments and ruined shots.