I used this weekend to dive for my photo archive and prepare some collages for grandparents, I know they love. See photos that did at first and now you do is a very interesting exercise: offers the perspective that is drawn between things you have learned and (of course) that you have left to learn. I have met with photos I took some time and several years of unique moments and where the hell! I made mistakes, surely, would not commit today. And I thought that my best penance could be contártelos so you do not spend you too.
On the Rules and the universal truths in Photography
We have already spoken many times in DZOOM. However, I would start this collection of tips remembering that no immutable truths in photography. Basic rules widely used in composition (as the well-known rule of thirds) are often broken by great photographers magical photos. Now, that does not mean that the rules do not have their utility (the photos that follow, usually "work") and to break the rules and get good results you must have a speck of genius (or perhaps just a good reason ).
- In Pictures, Focus on the Eyes
If you work with a lot of depth of field, you're not going to notice. But soon you open the diaphragm begin to notice the difference in approach to the nose or eyes. If you pick a point on the face to be focused, and have no particular intention, other eyes. When go a portrait, the eyes of your viewer looking eyes, and if these are not focused your instant seem to lose something.
- Are you sure you noticed in the Fund? Decide what you need Fund
There are many occasions when a fund that is not well chosen can ruin a photo. For reasons of light (too protagonist), depth of field (too much detail), flashy distracting elements, etc. The fund may divert attention from our foreground and prevent it stand out. So, remember: think about what you want to photograph, and seeks suitable location that allows you to choose the background you need.
- In Pictures, Evita 50mm Focal Lower
Especially over short distances. A focal such a distortion effect by which appear as puffy faces (unless that is clearly what you're looking for) occurs. Between 70mm and 85mm focal have that often give very good results in portraits. If you raise that number, you'll also increase the spread of the background and focus on the person.
- Always shoot in RAW
I think this is the indisputable point. I had the excuse that my first camera not allowed to shoot in RAW. But if yours allows, do not be lazy and shoot in RAW: no color. But then I suppose a little more work to share your photos because you have to convert them to JPEG. You will keep your memories with much higher quality and adjustability. Even today do not know how to make the most of RAW, tomorrow you may know, or know someone who does. And if the circumstance arrives and what you have is a JPEG and can have your RAW, you're going to regret. I guarantee you.
- Outdoors, you sure you're interested in direct sunlight?
Guilty: origins in photography in my thought that the more intense was the best light. This was one of the first lessons I learned: usually best to be the soft light that hard. Direct sunlight creates deep shadows who have to live with strongly lit areas. High dynamic range (which is difficult for the camera to capture) and loss of detail. The soft diffused light generated more progressive transitions and often works better. So outside, if you're in the middle of the day, in general, seek shade, expected to reach a cloud (if there are visible) or, if you can, wait until the sun goes down.
And you? What would you like to have known when you made that picture?
I imagine you will have passed you something. When you look at some of your old photos you realize some mistakes and you wish you had known ... what ?. Tell us in the comments!