- Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop
(Ansel Adams, photographer).
PHOTOGRAPHIC SEEING- Seeing simply is seeing significantly (.Jack
PORTRAITS- When taking portraits, squint, look
at your subject and ask yourself if you still see detail in the
shadows around the eyes. If you do, shoot. If not change the lighting
or have the subject change position.
CHROMIOGENIC FILMS- Chromogenic films contradict
most rules of black and white photographv. This film is a dye
based film which is processed as a color negative film (C-41 process)
and produces black and white images. ISO settings may be varied
between 50 and 800 for different lighting conditions. Exposure
at high ISO ratings produce very fine grain results
SOLAR/LUNAR- The size of the sun/moon will cover one half of your
little finger nail when your hand is held at arms length.
IMAGE SIZE - When using a 50 mm lens, the image
height of a subject, as seen in vour view-finder, will increase
one height of the original image for each additional 50 mm that
is added to the lens. Thus a 100 mm lens will double the image
MORE LIGHT - When you want to add light to make your final print
or slide look lighter, use the following rule: WHEN YOU WANT MORE
SUN MOVE TOWARDS ONE. This rule applies to the camera numbers
that affect the aperture. shutter speed, and film speed. If you
have willing subjects you can try taking rnore formal pictures.
Pose your subjects in a well planned group, rather than having
them all standing in a line. Seat two or three people and have
the others stand around them with their hands on the seated subjects
shoulders. Keep your subjects close to avoid large open areas.
If you have a large group you can fill in spots with people kneeling
in front. Avoid posing very tall people behind seated or kneeling
subjects because this will create an unbalanced looking photo.
A good rule is to arrange the group like a pyramid filling in
the center with faces. This is effective for groups of three up
to much larger groups.
When photographing a small family group, have the
parents sit on the ground with their legs bent and facing towards
the outside of the frame. Pose one child behind and between the
parents while the other child sits in front of one parents legs.
If you have more children to get into the photo, try to keep the
pyramid rule in mind.
Some of the best photos can be taken using the self-timer feature
and you'll have lots of fun taking them. Pose your group and make
sure you leave a spot for yourself. Mount your camera on a table-top
tripod and set it on a sturdy surface. (A full size tripod is
even better.) You can also use a large bean bag or a rolled up
sweat shirt to prop-up your camera. Set your camera to the self-timer
mode, frame the picture, press the shutter and run to your spot.
Do something crazy when you get into the picture. Jump up and
down, make a silly face or engage in a group hug.
Self-timers are also great for family gatherings
like Christmas or birthday parties. Arrange your family in a semi-formal
pose, set the self-timer and take your position in the shot. Using
the self timer will guarantee that you get into at least some
of your own pictures And these memories will become very valuable
to you and your family in the years to come.
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