One way to create eye-catching imagery is to break the rules. When you shatter these rules, you stop people in their tracks! One of the first rules of portrait and fashion photography I learned was to NOT use a wide angle lens when photographing people. I was told this would distort their features and be unflattering to the model. But what if you use the wide angle on purpose to distort and exaggerate a scene? Then it creates visual interest and impact. Now your images stand out and become memorable.
Many times in my career I’ve had to work in locations I’ve never seen before. During that time I’ve had maybe 20 minutes to figure out where I’m going to set up my session. Whether I’m teaching a workshop/seminar or even with my new clients, it certainly gets my adrenaline working. This article is about the steps I take to make this successful.
First and foremost, the placement of my subjects has to do with the light as always. I’m driven by the quality of light available to me as well as the direction and location of where the light is coming from. Sometimes I will actually test out the light before photographing if possible so that I can see for myself what it looks like on the subject. I’m always looking for the light that will be the most pleasing for my client.
Most of my portrait work is all about photographing young children and their families. In most cases I have been working with these families for years. This session I’m about to share with you is one of my most recent.
Whether the age group of the children is between 3-5, or a more adult family like these three children ages 10-17 with their dogs, it’s always a challenge to come up with new ideas and expressions that tell some kind of story and reflect where they are in their lives. Most of my sessions are about documenting a certain time in my client’s life. With this family, Charlotte, who is now 17 is a senior in High School. My task is to create a senior portrait for her along with photographing the whole family and each individual child.
Shooting a portrait at high noon can be an intimidating thing for many of us. The light is harsh, contrasty and unflattering. Furthermore, the light in the scene creates unsightly overexposed highlights and deep underexposed shadows. The ‘dynamic range’ of this scene is too much to capture all of the tones in a single frame.
Of course, it’s easier to just avoid high noon for portraits, but sometimes the situation is unavoidable. Don’t worry! You don’t need to bring tons of flashes or studio strobes on location or any expensive equipment to save the shot!
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Working with people in general is such an honor for me. As a portrait artist, I photograph people of all ages. I can’t honestly say I have a favorite age group, although I do love photographing young adults and helping them to see their beauty as I do.
The ages of these young people included in this article vary from 11-19 years old. They are from different families and all share the same optimism that comes with being so young.
We asked Justin Wojtczak of 375Photography if he’d like to test out the Sigma SD1 Merrill and the new 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lens during the spring wedding season and his answer was an emphatic “Yes!” Here Justin shares this thoughts on this lens and camera combination in a video review and shares the tech specs behind many of his favorite images.
My father started taking pictures when he was in the army. He rediscovered his love of photography when I was around 11 years old, and he gave me my first camera as a gift and sat me down in a friend’s backyard bird garden with a Sigma 170-500mm. The first time I looked through that lens I was hooked on photography. A blue jay alighted on the stick that the camera was focused on and I snapped the shutter at my father’s urging. When we got home, my father enlarged that image and printed it for me. The image was tack sharp, the colors vibrant and the blue jay looked alive!