Hey y’all! My name is Kate (that’s me and my sweet family up there, obviously) and I blog over at Kate&Kuby. I also happen to be a photographer. When Lisette asked me to give you guys some tips on photography, I got to thinking… there are about like 9 million blogs out there with beginner photography tips, so I wanted to share some things that hopefully you haven’t heard before. Aren’t I so thoughtful?? hehe.
Beginner Photography tips you hopefully have never ever heard before:
1. Buy a reflector
You can purchase one here. I never ever go to a shoot with out one. These little guys are perfect for getting that “glow” in the eyes. Also, if the light is too harsh during an afternoon session, just unzip that bad boy and you can use the inner fabric as a light diffuser. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had random streaks of light come through a window and used that little guy. He’s been a life saver. If a room is poorly lit, bounce the light off the silver side back on to your subjects face to help get rid of shadows under the eyes! It’s a wise investment! Buy it, play around with it, USE IT!
^^In this photo, Louie was right beside their front door. The lighting was so harsh and putting horrible streaks of light on his face. I whipped out my reflected, unzipped it & used the diffuser. It created a soft, glowy light. PERFECT!
Side note: I rarely use it at home when shooting my sweet C because my house has wonderful windows, but it does come to EVERY session with me.
2. Focusing and the Rule of Thirds
First things first, learn about the rule of thirds. I could make this its own point, but seeing as these guys explained it better, go read it. After you read this post of course. I use rule of thirds for every shot (well not every shot, sometimes rules are meant to be broken, ya know). In order to focus on your subject, and have them position in the rule of thirds, but not have to physically move them for each shot, you need to know how to focus and point. That all sounded so confusing!! Let’s see if I can clear this up. Push half way down on your camera button. You will hear your focus sound, then while holding it half way down, move your camera so that your subject is in one of the rule of thirds positions, (they will still be in focus) then press the rest of the camera button down to take the picture.
^^Here I clearly used the rule of thirds. I shoot off of memory of where the lines should be. If I miss judge, I just correct through cropping!
^^In this photo, I clearly didn’t use the rule of thirds. Katelyn’s face is clearly not in one of the four intersecting lines. BUT, I wanted her in focus and I wanted to keep as much of him in the photo as possible. So, I got creative with it, and I broke the rule of thirds. I LOVE how it turned out. See… breaking the rules can be okay sometimes:)