18 April 2013

Portrait Tip No 2 - Using available light

Its really worthwhile investing your time searching for interesting locations and great light before you shoot.  Not only will time spent researching and planning will save computer time but you're more likely to get a more creative image.

Looking for locations and lighting is best done without your subject otherwise you are likely to be distracted (and you may bore your subject half to dearth!)

In this shot I had noticed a disused restaurant while out walking. I contacted the caretaker of the building who in turn contacted the owner in the UK for permission to use. The electricity had been disconnected so I had to use available light anyway. The interesting thing is that the passage where this shot was taken was not visible from the street. I only discovered it after entering the building. I opened up the kitchen and toilet doors to let the late afternoon light filter into the passage.

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.
George Eastman (founder of Kodak)

The Fremantle International Portrait Prize offers AU$5000 cash first prize. Entries open on 8 May 2013.
(model: Pamela Jackson Pettit)

12 April 2013

Portrait Tip No 1 - 2013 'Festivals'

Capturing expression and human emotion is one of the many challenges facing portrait photographers. It is too easy to slip into the role of posing people into structured. ordinary poses.

A simple way to overcome this challenge is to attend an event where expression is part and parcel of the performance. Street theatre, a festival or a carnival are ideal situations.

The next challenge is trying to separate your subject from everything else to avoid a busy picture or mergers. One technique is to choose a long lens. Somewhere in the order of 200mm to 400mm could be used. That means that even if there is a busy background, it will be thrown so far out of focus, that it won't interfere with the subject.

Choose aperture priority and wide-open aperture or perhaps one stop down. Then, make sure your ISO is sufficiently high to give you a fast shutter speed. This reduces the possibility of camera shake with a long lens.

The Fremantle International Portrait Prize offers a AU$5000 cash first prize. Entries open on 5 May 2013. See www.fremantleportraitprize.org.au

11 April 2013

Out of the darkness

That small white light coming towards me may be a simple little engine with two carriages attached. But by the time it reaches on May 5 it could be more like an express train.

Its time to get your shots of adrenaline and dose up on ampules of creativity. The 2013 Fremantle International Portrait Prize with AU$5000 case first prize is almost upon us.

The FIPP is open to ALL photographers worldwide, whether you be amateur, professional, young or old, beginner or old pro. In 2013 you are invited to submit the very best portraits you have ever taken in your life. It matters not if the originals were shot on film or digital, or whether they have won another award or whether they were taken in 2013 or 1913. We simply are looking for the very best

See www.fremantleportraitprize.org.au