A Cowgirl’s Guide to Getting Great Photos- Part 7

Part 7 – PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE Who amongst us hasn’t had those uncomfortable ‘posed’ shots taken when we were on vacation with the requisite say “cheese’ instruction that we look back on and wince. Taking bad shots of people is easy but don’t worry, taking good shots of people is not as hard as you think as long as you work on getting a few things right:  The subject matter  The background How you’ll frame it Light These are relevant whether or you are dong a studio portrait shot, an outdoor …

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A Cowgirls Guide to Getting Great Photos: Part Five

Part 5 – Understanding Your Camera  I’m going back to basics this week. Way back. For those of you who understand the very essential principles of what your camera does when it takes a photo I apologize  Feel free to go look at Jimmy’s blog or a funny cat video on You Tube…whatever. But it’s been my experience that cameras are so easy to use these days on full auto function that many people don’t actually know these fundamentals. If you have a Digital SLR or a compact camera with manual over-rides understanding these simple premises will get you more …

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A Cowgirls Guide to Getting Great Photos: Week 4

PART 4: LET THERE BE LIGHT Light is the most essential ingredient for taking photos. The word photography actually derives from the Greek ‘painting with light”. Light comes into your camera through the aperture passes through various elements where it gets focussed on the recording media. If enough of it falls on it over the time the shutter is open, an image results. No light, no photograph. Understanding light ranges from very simple premises to the very complicated, often involving all sorts of lighting gear. I often get asked, “Should I take a photography course” and my answer usually …

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A Cowgirls Guide to Getting Great Photos

Part 1 – “Squeeze Don’t Push!”  There’s an apocryphal story I like about a photographer who was invited round to a dinner party. During the evening the hostess remarked on the quality of his work, “I just love your pictures, you must have a great camera” she enthused. The photographer politely thanked her. At the end of the evening after a fabulous meal as everyone was leaving the photographer took the hostess aside. “Thank you for a wonderful meal” he remarked, ‘you must have a great stove”. The point naturally is that you don’t need an …

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