One Writer’s Journey

December 2, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 4:31 am

A recent contract covered not only the specs for my writing assignment but also for the photos that would accompany each piece.  Here are some of the things I’ve learned:

  • When at all possible, take photos in natural sunlight.  Artificial light skews your colors.
  • Taking photos in brighter light means a higher shutter speed.  High shutter speeds mean a lower chance that you will move and blur the photo.  (Need I say how I learned this one?)
  • Hold arms close to your sides to steady the camera.
  • Exhale and then hold your breath when you take the photo — again, this reduces the chance of moving the camera.
  • A light background is often better than a dark one.  On this project I have used light carpet, a blond wood table and a white table cloth.
  • Sometimes it is easier to place something on the floor and stand over it.  Try this when you are having troubles propping something up on a table.
  • Frame your photo with as little in the background as possible.  You don’t want to distract your viewer.  When necessary crop.
  • Cropping is often essential when taking action shots.  Don’t spend hours trying to get a photo of your child kicking a soccer ball.  Have them freeze mid-kick and then get your adoring spouse to sprawl on the ground, holding the ball. You can crop him out.  Really.
  • When you are taking a photo of something edible, even if it is something your cat never shows an interest in at the dinner table, have a spare human on hand to snag the cat when it tries to make off with a cookie or snag the edge of a plate.  You’ll thank me.

That’s all I can think of until I learn something new tomorrow!


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