Unravelling the process of instantly made decisions.
Things to think about BEFORE you press the button.
The Beginners ABC of Camerawork
What attracts you to the potential picture is it visually interesting?
How are you going to best record that attraction & interest for your viewer to appreciate?
Lighting from the side & back makes an interesting black and white photograph.
Check for Distractions & Highlights in the background (saves removal work later).
Are you standing in the best place?
“Composition is the strongest way of seeing” (Edward Weston). One strongest view among many.
Separate & Select what is to be left in or left out of the picture.
Aim for simplicity – Less is more.
Get Closer – Fill the frame.
Do you need to include the sky?
Is a Higher / Lower / Alternative – camera viewpoint more effective?
Depth of Field Choices
DoF is the apparent foreground to background sharpness.
What is the Foreground / Background Relationship, do you need a large DoF (Large f. Number) to pull the picture together?
Limited Depth of Field (Small f. Number) provides visual tension and interest for the viewer.
When is the best time to press the shutter release?
Expose to retain Highlight detail by checking the Histogram for Over-exposure.
Bright Skies – Do you need Plus / Minus Exposure Compensation?
Bright Skies – Do you need Graduated / Neutral Density Filters?
Long Exposure – use a Tripod / Cable Release / 2 Sec Self Timer Delay on the camera.
What is the subject – is it in sharp focus?
Select a single focus point and tell the camera where you want the picture to be sharp. The camera does not know what the subject of the picture is.
Gently Press the Shutter Release
Congratulate yourself YOU made all the creative decisions NOT the camera.
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