If you happen to know someone who used to work as a news photographer and you are interested in photography, buy them a drink or a cup of coffee.
I can assure you it will be worth your time.
Not only will they have some interesting pictures to share, they should have matching compelling stories as well.
You will hear about the bizarre, the unusual, the creepiest and just about any of the other superlatives you can think of.
News photographers find themselves in all sorts of situations and are often eyewitnesses to ‘breaking news’ as they unfold. Continue reading News photographers don’t just take pictures, they tell stories
Recognizing where usable light exists in any scene is a necessary skill if you want to excel at photographing people.
Instead of dragging out a lot of lighting equipment, the more experienced photographers learn early on to assess where the ‘good usable light‘ is and try to work with it.
By good usable light I mean light which you can use either to fill, highlight or accent your subject as opposed to the visible light which enables you to see or locate your lost contact lens.
The trouble is, that particular skill only comes after you begin playing with lighting your subjects using flash or strobes.
Continue reading Finding usable light
In the first part of this post, you might recall I placed 2 Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites inside my Photoflex Octodome.
That served as my main light for the most part.
Where needed I introduced a 3rd 600EX-RT with a grid to use as an accent when I photographed Lianna at a local park.
Since this was the first time I worked with Lianna, I tried to keep the equipment to a minimum.
I wanted to be sure I was talking with her as much as I could instead of fussing with gear. Continue reading Combining 2 Speedlites for Power & Fast Recycling2
Behind-the-scene pictures aren’t necessarily for showing off, they can be extremely helpful.
I never thought to do this during my years working at the newspaper.
Had I done that on some of those portrait type assignments, I think my skills would have improved faster.
Having a record of where I placed my lights relative to my subjects in all those situations would have allowed me to analyze my work.
If I felt I blew it on a particular portrait, I could go back and see why.
Continue reading Learning from behind-the-scenes pictures