One of my goals for the year was to take photographs of a different friend every week all summer. While that’s been a little bit hard with my travel schedule, I’ve still managed to do 4 shoots to date. It really is amazing how much more you can learn on the job as opposed to reading websites.
Photo Session #1: Ryan
What I learned: This is probably the most pratical lesson that I’ll learn, do not wear a tight skirt while taking pictures. You can’t move nearly as much as you need to. Also, a week after I took these photos I had my boudoir shoot. It was there that I learned that the photographer should come prepped with poses and learn how to tell the subject how to move.
Photo Session #2: Janalyn
What I learned: I learned more about posing. I learned that it’s okay to try something that doesn’t work. I learned that it’s easier to take photographs when you’re above or on the same level as somebody else – lower created interesting angles. I learned that it’s fun if the subject has a prop because it gives you something external to work with. I remembered the joy of black and white photography. Also, I confirmed that there are certain pictures that I really like even though they are blurry.
Photo Session #3: Zoha
What I learned: We wandered the city taking pictures, which was fun because the background was ever changing. It was also during this shoot that I started to develop what I believe to be my shooting style – I talk constantly. It makes me feel more comfortable, and I think it puts the other person at ease as well because it makes things seem less formal. Also, I really like close up shots of people, it makes for some fun pictures.
Photo Session #4: Vania
What I learned: This girl knows posing. It’s impressive. She had so many ideas that I tried to take in so I could remember them next time. I also had more fun with facial expressions. I think I’m going to have a few go tos – the Home Alone face, tongue sticking out, looking really excited, and being pensive. We’ll see what else I can add to the list.
Well, it was after Vania’s photoshoot that I finally read the manual for my camera. I learned that some of the shots were wide angle because I was accidentally shooting in video mode. I also learned how to manual focus – it’s not as intuitive as it was on my last camera, so I wasn’t using it. I also bought the Photography Concentrate course called Really Easy Retouching, which I’m excited to take (when I find some time). I also want to try shooting another boy sometime soon, I feel like masculine poses are harder to come up with – it will probably involve browsing some GQ magazines. We’ll see what comes next. My co-workers have been very good sports about posing for me – so we’ll see exactly who I can talk into it this week.
What have I learned from this experience overall? I have pretty friends.