A few years ago I lead a workshop at the local teen girls’ night and had a great time. Here’s what we talked about!
Part 1: How to Take Better Pictures
This information is directed at beginners/casual photographers.
With that in mind, there are some things to think about that can dramatically improve your pictures:
1. LIGHT: the most important factor when taking photographs. In the example below, you can see that the picture on the left looks more natural than the one on the right. I used natural light in the picture on the left, and my camera’s flash in the picture on the right. Although there is slightly more light in the picture on the right, I believe the left hand picture looks better and more natural because of the natural light.
The Golden Hours are fantastic times to catch a nice, soft light in both nature and people. The Golden Hours occur around sunrise and sunset.
The picture below was from one of my very first photo shoots. I had a good idea, but didn’t realize it would be painful for my subjects! They tried their best but it’s pretty hard to hide a pained expression! So we moved into the shade and that produced a much better result! Shade is a great place to take portraits(most of the time!).
2. Make it INTERESTING:
3. Have a PLAN: research Pinterest for good ideas!
4. Take LOTS of pictures:
6. Check your BACKGROUND:
7. Try to capture EMOTION:
8. EDITING! My preferred mode of editing is with Lightroom, but you can also use free online software like picmonkey.com. It’s where I made all of these collages as well.
Part 2: How to Look Better in Pictures
1. CONFIDENCE: How many people are truly confident in themselves, particularly in the way they look? Your confidence really comes through in photos. If you don’t have it, fake it. No one will know.
2. HEAD JUT:
3. SQUINTY EYES
4. NATURAL SMILE:
5. BE YOURSELF: are you serious? Silly? Love who you are and let that shine in the camera!
After sharing this information, I took the girls outside(to get the natural light) to do a photo shoot to apply the things we learned. We all had a lot of fun. Here are some of the beautiful faces I photographed:
Comment below or contact me if you have questions!