It’s been some time since I added to my blog. Life has a way of getting in the way of life. I thought I’d re-kick my blog with some of the “photo tips o’ the day” I’ve written, for those who haven’t seen them. They’re meant to be short reminders, sometimes motivational and sometimes mini-rants; they’re by no means a complete essay.
So please enjoy them, apply what applies to you, and share as you see fit (with proper credit, of course. Y’all know how I feel about that.)
PHOTO TIP O’ THE DAY ARCHIVE, PART 1
Disregard those who say you “must” do this or “can’t” do that. Art is not about limitations and restrictions.
If you are frustrated with your work, focus on one area at a time. You can’t climb three mountains at once.
Ruts are things we fall into when we work habitually rather than consistently. Switch off your auto-pilot.
Perfectionists: consider printing and signing your work. It forces you to take ownership and eliminates excuses.
Allow your sessions to breathe. Pauses help you to steer the session organically, and to keep your head clear.
Walk all the way around your subject and watch how the light changes the scene and mood. Light is a creative tool.
The common denominator in all your sessions is you. Shoot for you first and your clients will always know what to expect.
Don’t be so quick to delete and discard failed photos. Study them to learn what to do differently next time.
Personal space is mental, emotional, and physical. The key to a great portrait is to know how to be invited in.
Know your technique so that you can forget it. Focusing on the technical robs your subjects of your full attention.
Overshooting out of fear of missing “the shot” often means “the shot” never happens. Shoot less, engage more.
Portraits are like short stories; the elements that don’t add to your story will detract. Choose details carefully.
In portraits, mood/expression is key. Light, comp, backgrounds, post-processing, and contrast must work together to support it.
Each time you pick up the camera, you hold the raw materials to create a masterpiece. Shoot like you mean it.
Improving your work requires practice. Musicians don’t play only when they’re on stage.
Don’t allow yourself to fixate solely on your perceived weaknesses. Own your strengths and be proud of them.
If the most eye-catching part of your image is the action you ran, it may be time to reassess your work.