Merry Christmas and all the shopping good times. As photographers we take a ton of images, many are throw away images that are looked at once to see if we got the shot and never looked at again. Here are a few tips for getting great shots “in camera” and delivering quick results to your client.
A few days ago I had to to a shoot retirement shoot for a local organization. At events like these there is always the “staff” photographer that is on the payroll. By that i mean they are hired to do the photography professionally for their events according to the standard of the organization. When these organizations want a “less stiff” look they hire more “artsy” photographers like myself. I take these moments as a personal challenge to showcase my skills against my opponent (the other photographer). Nothing personal but I rarely get to shoot against other photographers. Work is usually based on post production skills. Being a love of in-camera results this was my time to showcase my skills. Here are the tips that I would have shared with the “payroll photographer.” I hope they help you.
1. Bounce flashing is about angles. If you never move the angle of your flash you can’t be getting consistent results. There are times when you have to shoot the flash straight up so that the light from your flash “bounces” in front of your subject and onto their face. Keeping the same angle while moving from two feet to 10 feet away delivers inconsistent flash results at the same angle.
2. Become a photo-sniper. Snipers shoot their gun once, maybe twice to take out a target. The subject is your target. There is no need to shoot three images of every person “to make sure you got the best shot.” Take an extra second to review your images and see if anyone closed their eyes then shoot it again if they did. taking multiple images just because annoys me. It truly shows that you haven’t developed the skills to take better images, improve your work flow, and save you time.
3. Know how to use light. Aside from the bounce flashing tip, there should be no need to take three pics without flash and three with. Why would you do that? The answers? Hoping that one comes out correct. Decide to shoot with flash or without but taking three quick images then turning on the flash for another three, is just terrible.
Keep building your skill. I am growing everyday as a photographer from all the great blogs and YouTube videos that are available. Be critical on your results and keep working toward becoming a faster shooter, reducing your throwaway images, and saving yourself time at the computer processing images.
Maybe I will do a blog on workflow and processing.