As I told you in my last post, I decided that that I was going to talk a little bit about photography since it’s the topic about which I probably receive the most emails. The two main things that people seem to be interested in are what kind of camera and lenses I have and also if I could offer any photography tips. Well, I’ll do my best to answer both of those questions right here.
I’ve had my camera for about a year and a half, and while I really like it, I also have dreams of upgrading. It seems like most people who love photography, either as a hobby or profession, are always thinking about what other equipment they’d like to add to their collection. The hardest part is getting your pocketbook to match your desires or having patience to save for that special something.
When I think about photography and my workflow, there are three elements that come to mind…composition/styling, shooting and post-processing. Since I think I’ll do a separate post about composition, I’ll just jump to my shooting basics and you can glean from that what you will.
First, I should say, I’m mostly a natural light photographer. The pictures in this post were shot outdoors, which is something I do quite frequently. I generally take my photos either early in the morning or later in the day since the light is softer…with my preference being late afternoon. Since the majority of the things I photograph are little vignettes with flowers or food, I usually take everything outdoors and arrange it all on a big board, which I then move around on the ground to adjust to the changing light. The best placement seems to be areas that are brightly lit, but not in direct sun…a little backlighting or dappled sun is nice though. As I’m working, I’ll take things away and add new items, varying the heights, textures and colors to see what seems to look best. I don’t really plan things out, preferring to let things flow naturally. To brighten up my shots and reduced any shadows, I use a white foam board to bounce light back onto the subject.
This probably goes without saying, but when you’re taking photos try and remain as still as possible…don’t be all herky-jerky. Keep your elbows tucked close to your sides and your body stable. And when you’re pushing down the shutter release button try to do it slowly and smoothly.
As for my camera settings, I prefer aperture priority mode, although I am trying to be better about using manual more often. To get some background blur, I generally keep the aperture pretty wide open and, more often than not, I’ll also increase the exposure compensation to lighten the photo up a bit too.
Well, that’s that. Hopefully, that wasn’t too boring for you. Does anyone have any tips or anything they want to add?
Have a good day!