15/10/15

When you ask a photographer which camera is the best they will always tell you it’s the one you have on hand. In most cases this means the camera your smartphone is equipped with. Question is, how to make the best use of such a camera? Well, let’s start with a couple of tips on composition.

Check out: Composition – How To Think Like A Pro

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Glossary

  • crop – cut (something, especially a person’s hair) very short
  • vista – a pleasing view
  • redundant – not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous
  • sympathetic – showing approval of or favour towards an idea or action
  • aperture – a space through which light passes in an optical or photographic instrument, especially the variable opening by which light enters a camera
  • shutter – a device that opens and closes to expose the film in a camera

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Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • How to shoot landscape photos?
  • What kind of background should you select when shooting portraits?
  • When shooting nature is it better to photograph objects solo or in groups?
  • What is more important in street photography, the frame or the subject?
  • Should action photos be sharp or blurred? Why?

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Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

Whether you spend time________ a subject or just go in, shoot ________ cold and leave, there are some important compositional considerations to think about. First, what about ________ background? Is it sympathetic and suited _______ the type of portrait, or distracting and irrelevant?

If you are doing ________ moody black and white portrait, the background should be similar, ________ than busy and cluttered. What is the subject doing with ________ head and hands? Is the head natural and relaxed, or ________ they look like they are ________ to be executed? Don’t be afraid to get the subject ________ try several head angles. Think about giving them something to hold, or using their hands to frame their face, or holding an object ________ tells you something _______ them.

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Explore it more

Shot on iPhone 6 – gallery.

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