Photo Session Tips and a Cropping Experiment

August 7th, 2008

If you’ve ever been to my blog, you know I take lots of pictures.

Pictures of flowers.

And benches.

And trees.

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And this cute little Wooga monster.

But shooting pictures of the cute little Wooga monster is very difficult, because:

  1. He moves.
  2. His genuine smiles and laughs are unpredictable.
  3. And fleeting.
  4. And he moves.
  5. A lot.

So, I’ve found I have to both plan well and be spontaneous to get good shots.

For example, yesterday I noticed it was beautifully overcast.

And I love taking pictures on overcast days, because the diffuse light is great for taking outdoor pictures.

So, I decided spur-of-the-moment to take advantage of the good lighting and stage a summer themed photo shoot with the Bubbers king.

After that came the planning portion.

Since the little man moves non-stop, I had to think of something that would both keep him stationary and make him smile.

And for every child this is going to be different, but for Bubbers, playing with water both thrills him and keeps him fairly stationary.

Not to mention it’s perfect for a summer themed activity.

So, I pulled out our kiddie pool and filled it with water.

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But I didn’t put it just anywhere in the yard.

I specifically placed it where there was a neutral, non-distracting background (i.e., away from the swing set, shed and deck).

After that, I positioned myself on the ground directly across from him.

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And sometimes I was on my belly and shooting from below.

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And sometimes I was on my knees and shooting from slightly above.

Either way, I tried to maintain interaction with him while he played.

That way he smiled even more and directed those smiles at me.

And since you never know when they’re going to smile, I often focused my camera on him, but waited to take the picture until right when he smiled at me.

But sometimes I get off when I’m sitting there waiting.

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And I get a good picture (straight-out-of-the-camera) that’s a little off.

But I liked it and thought it still had some potential.

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So I turned it sepia.

And boosted the lightness.

And the contrast.

Then out of nowhere I thought I’d get a little crazy…..

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And do a funky crop.

I think I like it.

But I’m not sure…..

What do you think?