OK, everyone, let's hear your take on what's wrong with this photo. How could you make it better? Look for the answer this weekend.
Everyone was right about the photo of the man on the bench. My lesson, however, was to show how easy it is to bring someone into a photo.
I did not not know the subject. I had been shooting something in the opposite direction and turned around and saw this man sitting on the bench. He had been talking to someone on the dock earlier on but was now disengaged. I went up to the subject and the person who had been talking to him and engaged them both in conversation. They began to chat again and I got off two shots - one, this one, was when it was least expected. I did not change my settings because I was waiting for a crab boat to come by and had my manual settings as I wanted them
Yes. I should have adjusted my flash so your eyes would not hurt when you looked at the jacket, but sometimes photojurnlasim is about the moment. Sometimes we don't have time to worry about adjusting our flashes or settings a hair to get a moment that only last half-of-a-hair, if you know what I mean.
Now, there are some people who would have liked it better if the subject had been looking at the camera. That is a matter of taste. I like the mystery of not knowing who he is talking to. Could I have gotten a little more of his hands? Yes. But where I was, with the lens I had, and still watching for a crab boat, I clicked the shutter when I got a smile.
As you can see, I moved in close, and changed my angle. Yes. I wanted the flag. Yes. I wish that car was not there.
It is hard to get many people to relax around a camera. That is an art to it. Chat and shoot when they least expect it. Many people who shoot professionally know that the best photograph of someone comes at the exact moment they know the shoot is over. Be ready for it. Surprise them. Your family photos will be much more energetic.
I have a ton of grant work I have to do, so this will be my last photo lesson. Jen, continue on, whenever you feel like it.