Landscape or Portrait? Telling Your Story in Photos.
While visiting my mom and sister one evening, sis mentioned that she had been making dog biscuits for her dogs. She only has two of them but they’re big enough to eat for six being German Shepherd, Husky, and Rottweiler mix. So she makes them herself to save money. She’s got a couple of cats too but that’s a different story.
I used to think of my sister as Ellie May from the Beverly Hillbillies if any of you remember that show and her love for critters.
While taking some close-up photos of her freshly baked dog biscuits, my mom said “Let me take your picture Dan.” So I smiled for her to take my photo.
I noticed how she was holding her camera and suggested that she turn her camera upright and put my head toward the top and try it again since I was standing upright.
So she obliged and took another one.
Good job mom. What a handsome son you have. I even noticed that you are bracing both of your arms against your body for stability.
Later as they were looking at her photos on her camera, I started taking photos of them looking at the photos and I had to remind myself to rotate my camera to capture the subject.
As a horizontal, I could only see them and not what they were looking at. They could have been dissecting a frog or playing cards for all anyone could tell.
Every picture tells a story right?
Some of these photos don’t tell the story as clear if the entire subject isn’t in the frame.
I was sitting on a couch opposite them and had a fixed length lens on so I couldn’t move back any further. Simply rotating the camera tells the story more completely.
I am aware that many people are using cell phone cameras now and they are more naturally shooting vertical photos of vertical subjects because of how the phone is held.
I thought I’d just mention this in passing to think before you shoot. Or in this case, re-shoot after if you can because you ARE taking photos to tell a story aren’t you?
My Mom stopped by a few days ago and I got her to relax in my studio. You’re doing pretty well for a woman just over 50 mom. :c ) If any of you know her, don’t forget her birthday is March 19. That’s just a few days away. Contact me if you need her mailing address to send her a card.
I’ve been busy sorting papers and crunching numbers for the tax man.
I’m working on the tutorials that I mentioned in my last post. My class went well, I’ve done and am scheduling one on one tutorials for Lightroom also.
I am networking a lot and building a diversified sales team.
As a photographer I handle all of my photos with software from Adobe called Lightroom.
I love this software for how I can process and manage two, ten, a hundred, or a thousand photos from one photo shoot and not be driven crazy! If I’m simply shooting a dish of food that I cooked or processing a commercial or editorial style photo shoot and need to enter caption information and keywords for future recall, this is the software for me.
I have just completed a 48 page book and lesson to teach others how I use this program and am beginning some classes in a couple of weeks to show others how I process my photos from a photo shoot.
If you are interested in knowing more how to efficiently handle and process images from your latest photo shoot. Contact me for more information. Classes are formed and more are forming.
Contact me if you want to join a class or have a private lesson! I had to remove the contact form here because idiot spammers don’t have anything better to do…
Lightroom Can Handle Hundreds or Thousands of your images.
On September 25th this year, I was a second shooter for Mike Moody and Sondra Hull.
It was a great afternoon though it was a bit cold and misty at times. The wedding was outdoors at Mike’s mom’s up in Howard City. Great view from across their pond. Reception was downtown at the Masonic Temple.
This event was held during Art Prize 2010 which brought thousands of people to downtown Grand Rapids. We went right in the thick of things to do some group portraits along the Grand River and for the most part, you can’t tell there were hundreds of people milling around.
The finale to this special event was the couple wanted us to set up a backdrop and studio lights at the reception and just take fun portraits of the guests and wedding party for a few hours. It was a winner in my book to be able to do that. We got lots of good portraits, funny shots, and studio type images of friends, grand parents, and relatives.
Congratulations Mike and Sondra Moody. September 25, 2010.