Thursday, April 29, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Photographing buildings means going back
to them when the light is better. Usually
two or three trips is normal. If you live near
a building you like then just keep shooting it
in different light, different seasons, in the
morning, in the evening.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
One way to improve your own photography
is to go and see photo exhibitions. A very
good one is on now until May 2 in downtown
Vancouver. You can see hundreds of excellent
portraits by photographers, amateur and
professional. The portraits are of Canadians
who have lived with cancer.
And an even better way to work on your portraits
would be to submit a photo to this and other shows.
That's mine at top right. It is a portrait of
Yayoi Hirano, a dancer in Vancouver.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Shooting interiors can take a lot of equipment for lighting.
A few tips can make it better. Use a tripod. Use a level.
Use a wide angle lens. Show two walls. Close the blinds
a bit on a bright day to cut down the outside light or
shoot at dusk when it's darker outside. Add some light
so the furniture is not too dark.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I'm giving a talk to the Burnaby photo club
on travel photography. As I don't actually
travel much any more, I'm taking the approach
that if you don't practice shooting at home
your travel photos may not be as good as
they could be.
Here's a shot from Nepal of some dyes in a
box on a street. I could have shot the whole
street and the vendor. I could have shot it
showing a lot of the street behind it. I could
have shot it with horizontal and vertical lines.
But having a lot of practice at home, I knew that
this photo was about colour and that diagonals
are more powerful than verticals and horizontals.
An architect friend bought a print, saying that the
image looks architectural. I guess shooting
buildings must have helped me too.