[Foreword: this is an article I wrote in my senior year of high school. The advice is solid, but the images really aren't, so I look back with a heaping measure of irony and invite you to have a good laugh with me. Do as I said - not as I did!]
Imagine we’re taking a stroll with our cameras and pass a construction site. Typically, photographers aren’t interested in construction, but this particular build catches our eye because of a certain photogenic object in the middle of all the silent machines and piles of dirt: a rusty old truck. It’s adorable. Its surroundings are anything but adorable. Weeds and even turkeys have overtaken the field, and a few dumpsters further obstruct the view. Whichever way we shoot, it seems we’ll run into something ugly.
Lighting for video takes some skill. It’s not an easy task. It took me a while to figure out what looks right, what looks natural, and what the heck I actually wanted when I was given a script or wrote my own script with specific settings.
We are creatures driven by an impulse to try something new. While some individuals strive to change their routines by practicing a new habit, many others step outside their comfort zones to learn something new. In my case, photography is the result of that impulse to try something new. After some years of emerging myself in photography, I now see it as a unique art form where perspective, scenery, composition, lighting, and expression allow for a myriad of interpretations of the world.
Every Photography genre be it Portrait, landscape, event has a subject in it. when I talk about subject, I mean whatever you wish to be the STAR of your show(photograph).
Lighting is key (no pun intended) to having great photos and videos. If you have no light, then all you’re going to see is darkness. The camera doesn't see light like we do. What you may think is too much light might not even be enough to get the look you want in your shot; and the most common thing I hear from people (and sometimes myself) is “I’ll fix it in post.”
During these worse times, like the world-spread novel pandemic COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the government implemented so-called social distancing, work-from-home, self-quarantine, shelter-in-place, and lockdown. Any activity to avoid the rapid spreading of the virus. Many photographers, artists, and designers' job offers and projects were canceled or deferred. Some may not be working, maybe furlough, or got laid off during this crisis. It can be a very hard time for everyone. It may be emotional or mentally stressful for us being caged not just for a few days but weeks and, hopefully, not for months.
To introduce myself, My name is Max Williams. I am a Chicagoland Videographer / Photographer who has been pointing a camera for roughly 12 years now, and have learned a lot since through school and friends.
Photography can be a very rewarding activity. There is indeed a lot of things to learn and you may be unsure where to begin. Read on for some simple tips for a beginner that will let you see a dramatic improvement in your pictures.
The perfect shot comes into view, the lighting is almost surreal and the colors are bright, bold and beautifully contrasted. Everything needed for a memorable shot is there, but the only thing you can think is "If only I had a Sony or Canon, then I'd be able to get this on camera", and the scene is lost. We forget, though, the powerful device that resides in our pockets: our phones.
When I was in college, and even before that in high school, one of the curious questions I had when filmmaking and taking photos is “When should I hold the camera and when should I use a tripod?”