People Photography Week – Saturday

This week will be devoted to people photography – by popular request on twitter. Wildlife photography was the second choice. Over at DPE, my friend Juan Pons is offering a week of wildlife photography tips. So you get the best of both worlds!

I took all the photographs for this week’s blog posts on a workshop in Venice, Italy organized by VSP Workshops.


Saturday’s Tip: Dead Center is Deadly. Position the subject off-center for a more creative photography. When you do that, when someone looks at your picture, their eyes will move around the picture looking for other elements in the scene – rather than getting stuck on the subject.

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-105mm IS.

For more tips on people pictures, see my book, Face to Face.

Explore the light - and people photography,
Rick

People Photography Week – Friday

This week will be devoted to people photography – by popular request on twitter. Wildlife photography was the second choice. Over at DPE, my friend Juan Pons is offering a week of wildlife photography tips. So you get the best of both worlds!

I took all the photographs for this week’s blog posts on a workshop in Venice, Italy organized by VSP Workshops.

Friday’s Tip: Be aware of the background. Always keep in mind that the background can make or break the photograph. Want it in focus? Use a wide-angle lens and a small aperture. Want it out of focus? Use a telephoto lens set at a wide aperture.

Also try to isolate the subject’s head – so background elements don’t distract the viewer’s attention from the most important part of the picture.

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-105mm IS.

For more tips on people pictures, see my book, Face to Face.

Explore the light - and people photography,
Rick

People Photography Week – Thursday

This week will be devoted to people photography – by popular request on twitter. Wildlife photography was the second choice. Over at DPE, my friend Juan Pons is offering a week of wildlife photography tips. So you get the best of both worlds!

I took all the photographs for this week’s blog posts on a workshop in Venice, Italy organized by VSP Workshops.

Thursday’s Tip: Shoot with your shutter speed in mind. Blur or freeze the subject with the correct shutter speed. The choice is yours.

For the previous photographs in this week's posts, I used a fast shutter speed or a flash to freeze the action. For this photograph, I used a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second to blur the action.

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-105mm IS.

For more tips on people pictures, see my book, Face to Face.

Explore the light - and people photography,
Rick

People Photography Week – Wednesday

This week will be devoted to people photography – by popular request on twitter. Wildlife photography was the second choice. Over at DPE, my friend Juan Pons is offering a week of wildlife photography tips. So you get the best of both worlds!

I took all the photographs for this week’s blog posts on a workshop in Venice, Italy organized by VSP Workshops.

Wednesday’s Tip: Look for body language. Body language greatly affects how the subject comes across in a photograph. Pay extra attention to the subject’s hands.

In making this picture, I asked the subjects to move their hands up from their sides and into the picture – and I asked them to hold each other. I also directed them to move their heads closer together.

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-105mm IS.

For more tips on people pictures, see my book, Face to Face.

Explore the light - and people photography,
Rick

Capturing that Magic Widlife Moment

Over at DPE, my friend Juan Pons is offering a week of wildlife photography tips. Check it out.

I really like Juan's shot (top) from yesterday's post. It captures the peak of action and dramatic action – something that we often strive for in wildlife photography.

I follow the same advice Juan shares in his post. Nice job, Juan.

If you have a similar photo, post it to the DPE flickr group.

Explore the light,
Rick