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By Lori Verderame
Photographers Offer Tips For Taking Great Pictures
History’s famous photographs have stood the test of time. Their master photographers show us some tips for taking similar wonderful photographs, everything from shooting lots of film to composing a good picture. Here are their Top 5 tips:
Storytelling is Key
The photographer Lewis Hine thought that telling a story with a camera was much better than telling it on paper. His pictures made an impact on society, especially when he shot a photo of a group of dirty and tired breaker boys at a coal mine in Pennsylvania. Their job in the early 1900s was to separate coal from slate, and Hine’s photo sparked a revisiting of America’s early 20th Century child labor laws. Photos can be powerful.
Once in a Lifetime or Bust
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin took a major photograph in the history of mankind that was a once-in-a-lifetime event in July 1969. The photo Aldrin snapped that had a long-lasting impact on world culture was that of the famous lunar footprint of fellow astronaut, Neil Armstrong. When Armstrong stepped onto the moon and made that giant leap for mankind, Aldrin got the famous photo of the footprint that remains on the moon today.
Parts tell the whole story
Don’t take a photograph of an entire subject, but instead take a photograph of one or two parts of the subject. For instance, take a photo of the eye of an alligator at the zoo instead of the entire alligator. Take a picture of a blade of grass instead of the entire lawn. Let the viewer fill in the visual blanks.
Various vantage points
Common shots are just that… common. Try to take a photo in a new way. Everybody takes a photograph one way; you will have success when you try another. Don’t take a picture of your kid’s soccer team in the traditional manner; take a photo of the team as they run to congratulate a fellow teammate or on their way off the field. Kneel down, get to their level and snap your photos. Forget the perspective that’s typical, and try a new perspective that’s terrific.
Shoot, shoot and shoot some more
National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry tells budding photographers to shoot mountains of film – which translates today into keeping extra memory cards in your camera bag – and seek to capture images instead of just taking pictures.
McCurry’s famous Afghan Girl photograph was published in June 1985 in National Geographic after he disguised himself to gain access to Afghanistan, passed border guards and then smuggled out the film he shot sewn in his clothing.
When it comes to taking great pictures, use these tips from photography’s greats to get the best shot possible.
Category: Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori