A friend and I were hanging out at the local book store when I said to myself, “I want a photography book that isn’t just about great photos but tells me how to capture my own.” I then picked up a book “The Complete Photographer” by Tom Ang. The moment I picked it up I knew I had to buy it. After reading the first chapter I dramatically saw the difference in my photos. I have also started a photography club with some young girls from church. I want to impart in them creativity and to inspire them to capture some of life’s greatest moments.
CHAPTER 1: PORTRAIT
A Portrait: When the subject is the center of the universe they can be anyone and anything.
Here are some photos where I used different techniques.
Storytelling: To kick off the photo shoot I told my friend a story and explained the character she was going to play. I told her to pretend she was a servant girl who had been working all day. When she sat in a pile of rocks she quickly began to role play. Her facial expressions began to come alive right before me.
Peeping Through: This creates a dramatic effect which conveys a sense of alienation.
Back lighting: In this pose that was created I noticed the great light that was behind her and told her to stand where her hair captured the glow.
Soft Focus: I used the technique Soft Focus for the Panda Mask so the viewer’s attention would see her reaction before they saw the mask.
Capturing Action: Even though the focus isn’t sharp, I didn’t disregard this shot. Her running added great energy to this fairy tale image that I wanted to display.
Lighting Character: I noticed the sun was peaking through the bushes so I had my model run over and stand right where it was hitting. It created this great dramatic look to her and bought out her eyes.
Unique Mannerisms: To deliver a sense of character and personality, I used body language and played with some unique poses.
Here is my favorite photo that I made into a poster and now hangs on my wall. I love the purity and beauty that it displays.
I left the shoot feeling very proud knowing that I put into practice some of the new information that I had gathered from this amazing new book.
You can check out the complete set on my flickr where I used other techniques.