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Taking Your Own Web Photos – Totally Amateur Photography
Some pros refer to it as “Down and Dirty” – others refer to it as “Guerilla Photography.”
Whatever the case, there comes a time when any professional photographer is short on supplies, forgot his tungsten light set at home or his external flash batteries go dead,
For the purposes of this article, I am talking the absolute basics for a newbie photographer who has to get some pics in a hurry for his or her website.
- ALWAYS have the sun at your back.
- Avoid shooting at high noon when shadows will hide your subject’s eyes and cast a shadow under his or her nose.
- Just set the camera to automatic and disable the flash.
- Use a tripod if possible.
- Don’t place your subject in front of a lamp-post, small tree, or any vertical object that is going to look like it’s growing out of your subject’s head.
- Light, light, light. Disable your camera flash and turn on every light in the room. Add more lamps / lights if you can find them.
- Once again. Set the camera to auto and let it do the work. We’re talkin’ amateur hour here.
- Do not place your subject in front of a brightly lit window or your subject will turn out as a dark shadow.
- DO place your subject near a natural light source like a window.
- Generally try to get your entire subject in the picture. Don’t cut off feet, elbows or top of the head.
- Use a tripod or lean on something to keep camera shake at a minimum.
- Try not to center your subject in the picture frame. It usually makes for a boring picture. It’s called “The Rule of Thirds.” See picture below.
My time has run out but, I will come back soon and explain my basic photography suggestions in more detail.