I’m sure by now everyone has heard “Eyes are the window to the soul” and we all know when taking portrait shots, we always focus right on the person’s eye. If the eye isn’t in focus, then the rest of the photo really don’t mean anything buy garbage. But the trick question is…which one do we aim for when most of us has a pair of eyes? I found it easy, just go with the closest one to you. Unless if they are facing you with shoulder and head facing straight facing the camera; in this case, just pick one eye to focus since both are equally at the same distance to the camera (which they should be, otherwise it’s a major problem can’t be fix with Photoshop).
Subject was facing the camera at approximately 30 degree angle, automatically the left eye was closest to me. First, aim the focus point right on the eye by press down the shutter button halfway down (the red dot will lit up), then with the shutter button still held at halfway down, you can recompose any ways you want. Take the final great shot by simply press the shutter button all the way down. Boom, you just got yourself a nice sharp portrai!
Many times but not often, we always have a main object in our viewfinder when taking photos. However, when the sudden urge to take photos but without a model and no landscape, now what do we do?
To be a photographer isn’t necessary mean to wait for the opportunities, a lot of time we have to search for it. If you are living in a big city, full of glass buildings, perhaps we can try to shoot the reflecting objects instead of a straight shot.
Rain really isn't a bad thing either when it comes to photography. I happened to captured this one right after the rain with my car being my temporary model as a backdrop. Just aim in to the rain drops up and close then fire away, bang! There you go, so simple but creative and I guarantee people will ask you "How did you do it?"
I’ve always believe avoid to shoot at high ISO so I may get the sharpest phots. Recently while in an aquarium where I need to capture fast moving fishes in a low light situation, with a wide open 2.8 f-stop and slow shutter speed I knew I wasn’t going to catch any fish; on top of that, I wouldn’t want to use flash because of all the glasses around guarantee WILL produce reflections. So it was time to bump up the ISO and have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze some moving fishes.
With today’s “Noise Reduction” technology, you can hardly tell the difference on computers or even on prints, of course unless you blow the photos up 300% or do large prints. Example photos below show the ISO at 2500 and 3200. I don’t know about you, but I’m quite satisfied with the quality.
So the bottom line is, when you are in situations where adding lighting won’t be appropriate, in an indoor basketball game where you don’t want to miss your son’s dunking, basically when you don’t want to miss any shots, you may want to consider raise the ISO way up.
Whether you are using a smartphone or a DSLR to snap shots of your kids, if you want better pictures of children, avoid shooting from an adult’s eye level. Having your camera down to their level will make the images look much more personal. Also, don’t be afraid to get close and fill the frame, but it doesn’t necessary mean to get right in front of their face; try to zoom in and capture the details.
A great photographer’s point of view has to be different than the ordinary view to others, that's what makes the photo special (see figure 1). It’s our job on how to present a story to people.
Different understanding with different perspectives tells different stories of a photo, this time when I visited Taiwan few months ago, I looked at the scenery as a picture in the frame. Pick the perfect angle and search for the best exposure setting to click the shutter. Now I present you all the Taipei 101 inside a frame of a frame (see figure 2).
*Note: You do not necessary need a DSLR to achieve this, a small compact point-n-shoot will do the job just fine!