Day 9 - How To Take A Shot
I get asked all the time, “So how do you take a shot?” Some time ago, that question got me thinking, “How do I take a shot?” I appreciate this question because it really has improved my photography by leaps and bounds. It seems that as I became aware, I was more conscious at every shoot, whether it be for a client or just everyday shots. Don’t you love it when you come to understand something and it stays with you to the point you couldn’t get rid of it if you wanted too? Well, this is a great problem to have in this situation because it has changed everything for me.
Let me share what goes into my thought process, as I move through a shoot, what voices do I hear in my head?
ISO 400 (shot just before a cloud burst, it was really dark) f/5.6, 1/320 second, No flash.
See how it really captures her emotion
Step 1 – Position your subject
Step 2 – See the shot
Step 3 – What is the story you want to tell
Step 4 – How to capture the emotion
1. What is your own emotional state
OK, this is going to sound a bit like I am off my rocker, but my own emotional state is going to affect the emotion that I capture. Crazy, I know, but it is key here. Your own personal emotional state will rub off on others. So be at your best. When capturing them as natural as possible, I keep my demeanor as neutral as I can. It says, “I am safe”.
2. Set your camera down
Observe what is going on around you. Absorb it. Look at the lighting, what is in the background, any distractions? What would happen if I move in closer, or farther out? Your eye sees something completely different than your camera and you will need to train your eye to see what your camera does not.
3. Focus on faces
Most people will convey whatever they wish. If they are happy, they smile. If life has not been so easy, they will convey a sense of hardness or sadness. Tip: I always ask for permission to get in to their space.
Step 5 – Tighten the shot
Step 6 – shoot
Step 7 – Exhaust the pose
What is this feeling anyway
Today's Takeaway and To Do's:
1. Get out without your camera, look at the scenery, the light, what are you feeling? No camera's allowed on today's assignment. Come back and share with me what you saw and what you were feeling. Did it surprise you? What did you learn?
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