Archive for 2012
Tip of the Day: Don’t baby your gear!
This image was shot during the biggest winter storm in the history of New York City. Early in my career I often felt the need to be extra cautious of my gear. However, over the years I have learned that your camera can endure more elements than you think. Don’t let the thought of your gear getting dirty or damaged limit your shot.
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy
Developing your image takes patience, very rarely is the first shot your best shot. Walk around, change your angle and really absorb your environment. Think about what your background says about your subject and the story you want to tell. The before image is what I walked up to, this is how I developed the after…
- Having the subject put on the face mask, (an essential element of relief from the ever present dust storms).
- Getting down at a low angle to frame the image.
- Showcasing the bat tattoo, blue cape and mask to develop the story of Burning Man.
- Cropping in a way, which allowed the subject to dominate the frame.
- Changing the background to add depth, while including the first aid flag to add interest.
- Having the subject look away instead of being camera aware to spark curiosity in the viewer.
How do you develop your images?
Tip of the Day: Keep your eyes open and seize unexpected creative opportunities when they arise. I was in the middle of a setting up a great shot with this couple at burning man when the cupcakes randomly passed by in my peripheral. I had to make the impulsive choice to scrap the shot I had been working on order to seize the unexpected. This image ended up being one of my favorites from the wedding.
September marks my birthday month which officially makes me a Virgo. I am not a huge believer in astrology but the virgo’s tendency to consistently grow certainly describes my personality (along with being a perfectionist, planner, detail oriented, prone to worry, etc).
What is your sign and does the below corresponding quote resonate with you?
Aries: He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Taurus: To succeed in life in today’s world, you must have the will and tenacity to finish the job. ~ Chin-Ning Chu
Gemini: No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Cancer: Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
Leo: I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part. ~ Shirley MacLaine
Virgo: The aim of life is self development. To realize one’s nature perfectly–that is what each of us is here for. ~ Oscar Wilde
Libra: When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always. ~ Rita Rudner
Scorpio: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
Sagittarius: Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. ~ Buddha
Capricorn: The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape. ~ Bono
Aquarius: You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. ~John Mason
Pisces: There are only two words that will always lead you to success. Those words are yes and no. Undoubtedly, you’ve mastered saying yes. So start practicing saying no. Your goals depend on it! ~ Jack Canfield
Credit: Quotes found here.