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Category : Photography Tips

Beginners Tips to Capture Best Photos

Many years ago when I was a starry-eyed undergrad I would ask every photographer I came across the same question: “How do I take better photos?” I was extremely lucky to have many talented and generous photographers take me under their wing to show me the ropes. Without their valuable advice there is no way I would have become the photographer I am today. Ironically, the number one question I now get asked as an Open producer is “How do I take better photos?” So along with some tips that I’ve picked up over the years, I’ve recruited some outstanding snappers across Australia to share their own secret techniques about how they take their photos to the next level. 1. Get in close It was the famous photojournalist Robert Capa who once said “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” He was talking about getting in amongst the action. If you feel like your images aren’t ‘popping’, take a step or two closer to your subject. Fill the frame with your subject and see how much better your photo will look without so much wasted space. The closer you are to the subject, the better you can […]

Shooting Your First Wedding? Follow these Tips

If you are preparing to shoot your first wedding (or have been shooting weddings but lack a standard process) then this post is for you. I encounter many photographers who are just breaking into wedding photography or are simply shooting an upcoming wedding as a favor to a friend, and have no idea what they are getting themselves into. Considering the many steps involved with the task of successfully documenting a couple’s special day, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I was certainly in their shoes years ago, and have learned that planning is key to ensuring success. Instead of innocently thinking to yourself, “How hard can it be? I’ll just show up and feel it out,” I suggest you have a set plan that spans from your first conversation with the bride and groom all the way to showing them their photos after the wedding. This post will focus on that process. Four Crucial Steps To Include In Your Process Here are a few crucial ways you can increase the likelihood that the couple will be thrilled with your work. It will also make your life so much easier. 1. Get to know the couple. Their story will be the centerpiece […]

Portrait Tip: Provide A Road Map

Have you ever gone on a little road trip or a hike with a friend and they didn’t tell you where you were going or how long it would take to get there? Not knowing these kinds of details makes it difficult to know what to pack or how to schedule your day and it would probably make you a little frustrated. Similarly, most folks don’t know how a photo shoot is supposed to go, and maybe the last shoot they were in was done differently than the way you do things. If you provide a road map for the shoot, your clients will be more comfortable and much more cooperative. Before the Shoot Whether you’re a pro or making pictures for your neighbor, your subjects expect that you know more about what’s going on than they do. You should provide some tips to help them get ready for the shoot. Models will ask if they should be camera-ready or if there is an MUA (makeup artist) and stylist. Take that as a cue to tell your client some suggestions for clothing and styling. Send an email a few days ahead of time and suggest they wear makeup (if they […]