Monday, June 22, 2009

Instructor's Tip: Details, details, details

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 the above image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

“So small, but so important” has me reflect back to a wedding I photographed. The bride was gorgeous and outfitted in a magnificent beaded dress with a four foot train. Her veil perfectly framed her face that displayed just the right amount of make up. Her bouquet was an array of peace lilies that was as delicate as her personality. I couldn’t wait to start taking pictures. The problem is, I had to wait. She was so distraught over the way a small section of her bangs looked, she wouldn’t let me begin the picture taking until her hair was perfect. The point I’m getting to is, even though there are many magnificent subjects to photograph, always try to be aware of little details that may make the end result better.

Whether you’re photographing people, flowers, animals, landscapes, architecture or whatever, always be aware of the little things that can be tweaked to improve the shot. With people, wait for an expression that really captures the person’s personality. With animals, a simple turn of the head may make all the difference. With landscapes, photograph them at sunrise or sunset and wait for that perfect cloud to get into position that ties the composition together. Regardless of the subject, being patient and persistent will net you better photographs.

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.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Russ' most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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