How do you get intimate photographs without social skills? Simply put, you don’t unless you’re using a bazooka of a super-zoom lens, defeating the object. Why? Because it’s about socializing, getting in tune with people, understanding emotions, feelings, culture and just capturing those moments seamlessly.
Practice does make you a better photographer, in fact, a better “anything”. So improving your skills comes fundamentally from utilizing your good habits.
Nowadays, digital cameras have the ability to autofocus. That is all great but it is not as simple as it sounds. The autofocus in the cameras, especially digital SLRs is quite a complex system that you should endeavour to understand if you want to get the most out of it. Yes, you can point a camera […]
I love vintage lenses because of their great price-performance ratio and their excellent optical and build qualities. Using them as much as I do, I often have to focus manually. Even though I typically use live view for safety’s sake, I often don’t have the time, so I do it the old-school way. The first challenge that […]
When you first start learning how to pose people for photographs, it’s hard. Hard enough that a lot of cameras are collecting dust right now. In the beginning, learning to pose people either means a lot of awkward failed poses, or a lot of demoralizing memorization that still results in a lot of awkward failed poses. Creating beautiful poses is a skill you have to develop, but maybe more importantly it’s an intuition you have to develop. Now, if you were to spend a year memorizing poses and practicing them everyday, intuition is what you’d probably walk away with. You’d have figured out when it is and isn’t going to work, and the kinds of people it’d work for. But, wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to focus on memorization, and instead could go straight to developing intuition?
Composition isn’t just about knowing where to place elements in a frame. It isn’t just about finding lines that lead to your subjects, or identifying patterns that potentially fit S-curves or golden spirals. There are different skills involved in composition. Some of these abilities are obvious while some are not.