We covered a lot of material during our photo camp. Here is the quick cheat sheet that you requested.
Each day's lesson also has a link to a podcast episode where you can learn more about the topic. The final podcast episode on 8 questions is the best wrap up of everything we covered this week.
Keep shooting this summer!
Composition in three steps
- Clear and compelling subject. This is a picture of a what?
- Make sure everything in the frame leads your eyes to that subject/
- Make sure there are no distractions.
The first place is the worst place. This means that the first place you stop and look at a subject is usually the least interesting place to photograph it. Try looking at different angles from side to side and up and down.
Learn more: 12 Decisions that create better composition
Choosing shooting modes.
Question - Is my subject moving?
If yes, choose shutter priority (S or TV)
To stop action choose a fast shutter speed. Remember you might have raise your ISO for faster shutter speeds.
To stop action 1/500ish (might need to raise your ISO)
To show blurry movement 1/30 or slower (might need to lower your ISO)
If no, choose aperture priority (A or AV)
Choose a low number for a shallow depth of field (blurry background)
Choose f/9 or higher to begin to have a longer depth of field.
Remember you have to get close to your subject to create a shallow depth of field.
This process also works in manual mode.
Select M. Start with your shutter speed if your subject is moving and f-stop if your subject is not moving.
Learn more: How to choose the right shooting mode
Which shooting mode should I choose?
Don't just take a picture, tell a story.
How do you tell a story with your photos?
- Beginning, middle, end
- Action & reaction
- Repeating themes
Why does the selfie work? Because the camera is never more than an arm's length from the subject. Always get close when you take a portrait.
Learn more: Better storytelling with your photography
Travel photography tips.
Start with a wide shot. One that includes the whole scene. That's called the establishing shot.
Next shoot head and shoulders or your story shots.
Shoot extreme angles
Capture details and extreme close ups.
Learn more: 5 Ps of travel photography
So what factor.
You can do everything right and still have a boring photo. How do you fix that?
- Look for the action. Where is something happening?
- Look for the emotion. What do you feel?
- Look at something the way people don't expect to see it.
Learn more: The so what factor
Long exposure photography
- Choose a low ISO. (ISO 200 or lower)
- Select a high f-stop. (f/13 or higher)
- Use a tripod and take the camera out of your hand.
- Stabilize the camera or use the 2-second timer.
Learn more: Fireworks photography tips
The final Recap:
These 8 questions will help you create great photos