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Taking Photos of People

LeanneCole-briony-9116Today I was teaching a photography class and we were looking at Portrait photography.  I try to give my students as much information as I can about photographing people.  I know that portrait photography is really popular and it can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite scary.

You can have a model standing there in front of you.  You have the camera and you are taking the photos, but do you know what you are doing?  Do you know how to talk to the model or whoever is standing in front of you?

I have taught quite a few portrait classes now and it always amazes me how shy people are when they have someone in front of them to take photos of.

Some suggestions, spend time with the person you are taking photos of first.  Have a coffee or cup of tea and just talk them, build a relationship with them.  Never underestimate how important small talk is.

Remember when you are talking their photo that they need you to guide them.  They can’t see what you are seeing, so they need you to tell them what to do.  Try asking them to move or something. Change directions, or put their hands somewhere else.

Keep up the small talk, the more comfortable they feel with you the better the images that you get will be.

If you have trouble thinking of poses on the spot, then consider doing a list of poses before hand and just go through them.  Many professional photographers use them.

Good luck with taking your portrait photographs.

MMC12 Submissions Closed

Tuesday night here and for anyone wanting to submit an image it will now have to wait until MMC13.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted images for the post this week.

Teaching Classes

One of the ideas behind having this here is so you and others can be kept up to date with what my plans are for teaching and other aspects of my business.  I do really want to push the sccitysheep-hpm2471-3teaching thing, and so this news blog is going to be great for that.

So, with that in mind, I have some things I want to announce.

Online One on One Photo Editing

I am going to offer online classes for people who want to learn photo editing.  We will do them using Skype.  They will still be One on One classes at this stage.  The price will be the same, AUD$150 for two hours.

Pricing for the One on One classes I think are fair and reasonable, however, I will be adding packages for people who would like to do more than one.  Will publish those soon.

Go to the One on One Photo Editing page for more details.

Photo Walks

I am also planning on developing some photo walks for people to come out with me to take photos.  There will be a variety of places, different dates, different days different times.  At this stage they will be $50 for each one.

These walks will be ideal for people who don’t want to go out on their own and want company when they go.  Especially for early morning and late night photography.  There might also be some day trips to places.

I would also like to hear from people about where they are interested in going as well and I can see if I can plan some trips there.

So tuned for more information on these coming soon.

Making News

This section is going to be used to make announcements about things that I am doing and what I am planning on doing.

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