Work on Those Skills
I probably bang on about the basics a little too much… but!
One of the greatest barriers to actually getting that great shot you see is your ability (or inability) to get your camera out, set it up and fire away.
Just like a soldier you need to take the time to drill and practice the physical movements involved. Otherwise you are doomed to either missing shots or forever walking around with your camera on and ready.
Take a walk around your neighbourhood and find things to shoot. You are not allowed to have the camera ready for a shot.
Practice seeing something you would like to shoot or you think may give you a shot, getting you camera on and ready to shoot then take the shot.
Now, switch off the camera and start looking for something else, lather rinse and repeat!
Work on Those Personal Skills
The difference between someone who gets great portrait shots or just great shots of people and those who don’t is usually pretty simple.
Generally they have practiced sufficiently with their camera (as above) so as not to be doing anything distracting with it.
Not, looking at it and frowning or appearing confused or surprised or doing anything that makes the subject’s attention go on to the camera.
The second thing they are good at is engaging with their subjects to such a degree that the “shoot” becomes secondary to the conversation going on.
People naturally look like deer caught in the headlights of a truck when faced with a camera so engage with the person effectively to take their attention off it and you will see much better results.
This Weeks Tips from Around the Web
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