Monday, May 5, 2008

Instructor's Tip: Work Your Subject

Work Your Subject
Before leaving any subject you’re photographing, eliminate all
variables of how to improve its capture. This may mean choosing a
different lens to change the perspective, getting down low or up high
to get a different angle, augmenting the light by using flash or a
reflector, softening the light with a diffuser, using a filter for an
effect, etc. As you can see from this list, therIe are many strategies
that can be applied to change the image. When used in tandem, even
more variables can be applied. Learning to use them should become
part of your photographic repertoire.

A great task for you to do right now is sit down with a pen and paper
and generate a list of different ways you can change the way you
capture a picture. Use the ideas I shared as a basis from which to
start. When you’re done, make some copies of the list and place one
in your camera bag. Refer to it often and apply the techniques when
you’re out on your next shoot.

- Russ

All photos in this post were taken by award winning photographer Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ took the following photo in this post, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

To take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

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