I am gonna post down some of the advices that a lady (professional photographer) gave us during a Photography seminar I attended 2 days ago. If you’d like, email me to send you her modest website – I don’t want to advertise for her in vain lol
- If you wan to go into photography (as a career or as a hobby), go first for something (i.e. topic, theme) you really know, is close to your hear or you’re passionate about. For example, nature, or family.
- While shooting photos, keep communicating with your subject (the one you’re taking a photo of) so that they feel comfortable and behave as naturally as possible.
- However, be invisible (i.e. don’t let your subject feel like you’re all over them)
- If doing ‘reportage’ photography, always go around your subject. Never expect them or even ask them to turn or lean for you!
- Take time to observe – look around and explore the setting – Hence, you’ll find the best shots to take
- Imagine how the photo would be before taking it – this gives you more creativity in taking the best background and your subject in their best position…
- Put yourself in your subject’s shoes. Imagine how they’re feeling and how they’d react so that your photo will hold a context and a story within it.
- Hence, always remember that: Good Photograph = Frame + Context
- Do not limit yourself to one frame (angle or perspective). Rather, always take some 5 to 6 shots from different perspectives and then decide on which one is better and shows most context and hence, worth keeping.
- Look at the work of other photographers.
- Develop your own style (after having learned about other styles from various professionals and photographers) and be unique.
- Photography is enjoyable so have fun with it!
I have always enjoyed taking photos, just for random reasons, but this seminar made me realize that photography is much deeper than what I thought.
My online friend 'B' is passionate about both: Photography and Writing. Hence, he can combine these two passions by venturing into reportage making (like the lady who gave us the seminar). Photographs with some text linked to them (context) can deliver great messages and make change in this world, bringing different parts of the world closer to each other and making people aware of certain global or local issues, hoping for understanding and hopefully resolving them.
Hope you enjoy photography and that this post has been somehow helpful or at least interesting..
I'll post soon aroud some research done about homosexuality in the animal kingdom! :)
(Beside the human animals lol)
Lastly, “Keep smiling, because life is a camera”
Here are some photos I have personally taken over time....
(No hints intended towards where I am from or where I live - I travel! lol)