“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.”— Salma Hayek
It’s no big secret that best way to improve your photography is by practicing. I think it’s a good idea to photograph something every day or at least once a week so you can get to the point where you don’t have to think about how to operate your camera. You just use it to create images.
Don’t worry about producing masterpieces every time you go out to shoot. Sometimes I just use the camera as a sketchpad to explore possibilities. Sometimes these “sketches” will be successful, sometimes not, but always earn from your analysis of the images. The most important advice I can give don’t be afraid of making mistakes. As Yoda told Luke “There is no try, just do.”
When photographing Indoors, look for locations where the best light is found. While it may seem obvious, it seems to me that many photographs are made in locations where the photographer or their subject decides to make it. This approach may work for outdoor locations but for indoor portraits you should place your subject where the light is best. Shoot the portrait using wider apertures to soften and blur the background and focus attention on your subject. The above image was made with a Canon EOS 60D and the late, lamented EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM (used lenses are available at affordable prices.) Exposure was 1/160 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 800.
In my former home, my favorite place to shoot portraits is the kitchen. The walls were painted a soft white and a bay window provided North light that can be modulated by opening and closing mini-blinds in each window section. You may have a similar location in your home, and never thought a kitchen or other unlikely location would be a great place to make a portrait or two. Think about it now.
Joe is the author of the “Available Light Glamour Photography.” that’s available from Amazon with new copies priced at the amazing and Non-Prime price of $9.99 (plus shipping.) If they;re scooped up by the time you get there, used copies are selling for $10.50 (plus shipping,) still about half of the Prime price.