Capturing People is quite hard at first, and to a non-professional photographer, it can seem in your face (so to speak), but street photography pushes even the most experienced photographers to the limits, as skill and confidence battle each other, and when you add shooting on manual mode into this battle, this brings this experience to nail-biting trial and error type of photo-shoot.
But, once you push yourself to step out of the norms for getting a photograph, you will be pleased with the array of photos you have created and you will happy for the time's you asked and signed "One more photo, sorry" to your subject after you have already taking two, but it’s all worth it once you go back and see what you created.
Every photograph that a photographer takes has a story behind it and we will be telling you our story behind the photographs over the course of the year, we will tell you the how and why the selected photograph was taken. Starting this week with the photograph below;
When you first see this photograph, please believe this was the photograph that my (Katrina Frazer) mind saw, and not the actural photograph you would had not of seen if you wasn't keeping your eyes open. You would not think that this photograph was taken in a car park and that this man was hosing down some grass. But, with the right angle for the situlation apon me, I could capture what I wanted to see. I saw his hat (but we was not in Vietnum, we was in Chaing Mai), and I saw a lovely rolling green county-side around him.
So, I walked around this guy, taking one photograph as I stepped to check my settings, I smiled to him so he could see that I am friendly (nothing is wrong with taking a strangers photographs in a tourist area, but a smile in-between a shot to the subject is good manners and lets you take another shoot without the subject feelings being hurt). I looked at my view finder to see how bright I was, my last photo had been in a darkened area of woods, the setting's were 1/50, 5.6 and 400, way to bright as my new subject was now out in the open space with midday sun above us, so I readjusted my settings to 1/160, 5.6 and 100, and positioned myself lower then my subject to get rid of the car-park view. And this brought the photographs to what you see Below.
As you can see, by looking around and changing your position, you can create a photograph that was not first on offer.
Thank you for reading this short blog. Be sure to visit our blog again to see what other tips we will be offering.
Also, feel free to check out what tours we have listed for 2014/15. We have from 2 hours classes to 10 day photography workshops for you to choose from. We also offer self-guided tours should you wish to tour at your own pace.
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