Monday, March 16, 2009

Instructor's Tip: KISS Method: Keep It Sweet and Simple Part 3

Photo Credit: Russ Burden

I hope you enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by one of my favorite instructors, award winning nature photographer Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured this image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

KISS Method: Keep It Sweet And Simple PART 3

Concentrate on Details:
"While traveling in Ecuador, a group of photographers with whom I was traveling came upon a cluster of extremely photogenic elderly ladies. After shooting a half roll of wonderful portraits, they all began to pick up the corn cobs that were in front of them and resumed their jobs of stripping the kernels. Right away I knew there was the potential for a great story telling shot. I simply dropped down to my knees and scooted a few feet closer to tighten up the composition. To me, this image better depicts the experience of the fifteen minutes of shooting time we all had than the images of the faces. Always go beyond the obvious and pick out details in your travel images to complete your trip not only in memory, but in photographs."


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