Besides studio photography, we never really think about ways to
capture pictures of our loved ones and friends. All we know is that
if they are in the view finder, then we click. With studio
photography, we have professional photographer to poses you. Unlike
studio photography, we take pictures to capture certain moments. How
do we capture these moments? Point and shoot. Is there something
wrong with just pointing the camera and just shoot? Of course, there
is no right way to take pictures, although, there are tips that you
can take into consideration about taking great pictures and
capturing those great photo opportunities.
Try not so hard on posing your subject. The main point about taking
pictures of people is capturing them in their most relaxed state.
One way of doing so is having them in a preferred area. Try using
props, like sports equipment, random objects, or even other people
to make the picture more interesting.
Take candid shots
Let’s just forget about the whole idea of your subject looking
directly at the camera! This will just contribute more towards
posing them. When trying to take candid pictures, try capturing your
subject while they’re working, having a conversation with someone,
or while they’re playing. This will help the relax factor a lot
Up close and personal
Try filling the view finder with your subject to capture moments of
greater impact. Getting up closer will emphasize more on what’s
important and exclude the rest.
Avoid heavy shadows
Avoid facial shadows when taking pictures of your subject. Try using
the soft light of a cloudy day or take pictures in shady areas. If
you’re trying to take pictures on sunny days, try filling in those
shadows by changing your flash settings. If you have a camera with
several flash settings, try using "fill-flash".
Use natural lighting
You would probably think that sunny days are the best days to take
pictures because of the light right? No way!
Cloudy and overcast days are usually the best times to take pictures
of people. Sunny days can cause your subject to squint and even
cause heavy facial shadows. If you are shooting indoors, try turning
off your flash and allow the sunlight do all the lighting. This can
cause your subject to almost glow and have a soft looking effect.
Don’t forget about yourself!
You’ve taken all the pictures and forgot about one last
thing…yourself! Try using the self-timer on your camera and try
including you in some of the pictures. Set your camera on a tripod
or on a flat surface and check to make sure where the camera is
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