When you spend a long weekend in New York City you are bound to learn something. This time it was all about photography and the media. Here’s some of the good tips and tricks that I learned.
Faces are number one.
The very first thing people look at in photos are faces. If there’s a face in a photo you can practically guarantee that’s going to be the first thing that gets looked at. So keep your faces in focus! Eyes are the best thing to look at when making sure it’s good to go.
Emotions make the photo.
Photos that show emotion are guaranteed to hold people’s attention longer. Emotions make the photo more interesting to look at and can leave people with questions and hunger for more. Compare the two photos below that I shot while in Central Park! Practically the only difference is his face, but the one with his tongue out is a lot more fun to look at, huh?
Subtitles define the photo.
Subtitles can make a photo, but they can’t break them. So have some fun with your subtitles- make a pun! As long as it’s appropriate, it can keep people looking for just a little bit longer.
It’s not that it’s rare, somebody just decided to see it.
Just because you see something every day doesn’t mean that it will make a bad photo. Try new angles, zoom in more, zoom out more, change your depth of field. Some of the best photos come from things you see every day, its just from a different point of view. Find a way to look at that situation that will make someone say “Oh, I never thought about that before!” This is a photo another photo I took while wandering through Central Park.
Now look what happens when I take the same photo, but I zoom it in a bit.
Little touches like this can make a photo just that much better. Try messing around with it, you’ll be surprised.
A couple last tips:
- Shoot in RAW, it stores more data and makes editing easier.
- Underexposed is better than overexposed. You lose more data when things are too bright in the photo, but when it’s darker it still keeps some of the information. You can always brighten the photo in photoshop later.