Studio Blog: Getting Creative
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Starting this month Sarah is taking on all of my responsibilities on LIVESTRONG.com. If you have any questions or need clarification please feel free to contact her. I am very excited for Sarah, and know that I am leaving all of you in very capable hands.
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1. Incorporate the background
When you are traveling there will definitely be places with great photo opportunities at iconic places (think Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Walt Disney Concert Hall, etc.). So when you are taking a photo of a friend or family members, make sure to incorporate the background in your shot. You want to try and aim for a good combination of both the background as well as the person. Look for example of this in the image above that my girlfriend took of me while traveling in Rome, near the Spanish steps.
2. Use the Rule of Thirds
My cousin Holly at the LACMA in Los Angeles. Notice how her face is at the intersection point at the top left corner.
There is a general photographic composition rule called “The Rule of Thirds” in which you take images that are aligned to a grid split into thirds. Although you do not always have to follow this compositional rule, it is definitely something that can help when working on improving your shot. Therefore if you are taking photos from far away, try your best not to center your subjects in the middle of the frame. It often makes the images look very dull and boring.
3. Have fun!
My friend Melody at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, in front of a huge photo of one of Picasso’s sculptures.
The worst thing you can see when looking at friend/family photos is a candid, unflattering shot of the group. So make sure when you are taking photos to get your friends and family to show off thier personality. Try out some classic “jumping photos” and definitely make sure everyone is smiling. Experiment with different props that you may have, and encourage everybody to be as silly or wacky as they want.
4. Don’t use the flash at night if possible
My friend John at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Notice how I didn’t use flash which allowed the background lights to show up quite nicely.
I am sure you guys have all seen it before. Those hideous, unflattering images when a flash is used which shows all of one’s facial imperfections. If you are taking your travel photos at night, try to take images without flash if possible. Not only do you get more ambient light from the background, but the images often look much more pleasing. However when taking photos during the night without flash, you will often need to stabilize your camera either by propping your elbows against a flat surface or using a tripod.
5. Fill the frame
Filling the frame--quite literally.
There are going to be times when you won’t necessarily want to get a picture of your friends or family with the background. During these times, try your best to fill the frame! Try to get all of your friends and family to squeeze in together and get really close to them when taking the image. Try to get only the people in the image and nothing else.
That’s it! Hope that you guys find these 5 tips helpful when taking photos for your friends or family when on vacation!
Feel free to share this list with anybody you may know! Also for more tips, check out my blog at http://erickimphotography.com/blog, like me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter at @ericjohnkim
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