Category: Strobist

March 22, 2011 / / Blog

Out of your comfort zone Unless you are a model, you are completely out of your comfort zone. No one has a camera pointing at them, like a sniper, in normal life. You will be uncomfortable. So the photographers adds in all the lights flashing, other unfamiliar gizmos like reflectors, snoots and softboxes, and then puts you in odd positions; you really are in unfamiliar territory. Then if you’re on location, there will be people walking past and looking at you… that’s weird – they’ll be looking to see if you are famous! Relax…

March 4, 2011 / / Blog

LINKED IN – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – all need a great profile photo We all social media – we’re all on Linked IN, Facebook and Twitter, they all use profile photograph to identify us. In most cases, this photo is the first impression people have of you! So what impression is your profile photo giving? Recognise Yourself – The 10 Profile Photo Types? 1 Egghead – No Picture Some have no profile picture, this leaves the picture holder empty or with a default grey silhouette. What does this say about you? Having no avatar can give…

March 3, 2011 / / Blog

Flash is often seen as a necessary evil by many photographers, and when the flash is “on camera” (like most are) it can be a bit bland and create “bunny in the headlight” portraits. However, get the flash (speedlite) on a stand and trigger it remotely,  you’ll see the true creative power of flash. Here are a few starter tips. Take note of your camera’s “synch speed” – it’s usually around 1/20oth second. If you go faster than this, you’ll get dark areas on your photos Learn how to use…

February 28, 2011 / / Blog

I guess the traditional “Family portrait” is usually thought of as:- a visit to a shop on the high street where you sit in a little room with umbrellas, choose a slightly mottled blue background get posed in a traditional way feel awkward and have to calm the kids down get a few shots taken and then wait for ages to see the results. Studio based photography has of course moved on a lot since then, many people using white backgrounds or bold colours, getting you jumping around and lying…

February 23, 2011 / / Blog

We all take photos of people these days, be it on the phone, a little camera or a £5000 pro camera. Here are a few ideas which apply to any camera and any skill level… 1 – Don’t put the person in the middle of the shot, but slightly to one side 2 – Get them to face “in to” the shot – if they’re on the left of the photo, get them facing to the right & vice versa 3 – Rather than getting them just to “smile”, get…