Notes from Calgary Photo Expo 2009….
Larry Frank – Travel Photography…
*Wear camera with strap over shoulder, lens pointing INTO small of back (for long lenses).
Where to start
– Tours – a good way to scout locations to return to, to shoot later.
– The street
– Shoot at eye level
– Shoot from the hip
– Shoot when something is about to happen
– The light is always right (for something)!!
– Shoot with themes in mind
– Shoot Up
– Shoot Down
– Shoot on the ground
– Look for symetry
– leading lines
– Create beveled frame (PS)
– Use raincover to kneel on
– Zoom long exposures
Wide Angle Lens ———– Integrate
Telephoto Lens ———— Isolate
– Don’t repress your creativity!
– Be silly – Use your sense of humour!
“It is the photographers job to observe and determine that Magic Moment!”
– Photograph your passion
– Get marketing and business skills
– You MUST be really hungry for it!
– You must be a business
– Do not undervalue your work
“You cant’ make it as a pro unless you charge as a pro!”
– Set a minimum fee
– Don’t give images away
– Be diverse and adaptable
– Don’t get stuck on one thing
– There are lots of ways to make money – you have to find them!
– Improve yourself constantly
– Energy is Everything!
– Positive outlook creates passion = Good photos = Success!
– Practice using high ISO to get DOF
– If you’re going to do it, be 100% committed
– Do something you wouldn’t normally do! (shoot something different)
– Shoot on “auto” from the hip (safer (run away skateboards) & different POV)
– Develop awareness of your camera AND what is around you.
– Try “panning” when it gets to dark for clear shots
– People LOVE to be photographed, (especially doing sports)!
– Focus is critical on the “point of action” (usually the eyes)
– Shallow DOF works well for sports photographs
– Capture the “Height of the Action”
– Use flash fill on overcast days
– Don’t be afraid to use “space”
– Have fun. Try;
– multiple exposures
– shooting out car window @ 2000 sec. (just to see what you get)!
– Bracket and blending images
– Be open to whatever opportunities are out there
– Look for colours!
– Wait to shoot until you see what you’re looking for
“With any challenge you can either thrive or fail”! – D. Lama.
– Lanscapes- near subject that leads eye to far subject
– All weather is good weather!
– Test the limits of your gear.
– How low can you handhold?
– How low can you go with a tripod?
– What ISO can you get away with?
– Where is YOUR lens sharpest?
*50% view = what you see on print…
– Even pros can SUCK!
– Keep it simply – eliminate clutter
– Do sweat the small stuff (and shoot it too)!
– Use polarizing filters (PF) to bring out the colour in rainbows
– Use PF on overcast days to saturate colours
– Use after it rains
– Use PF when shooting macro
– Use PF to remove highlights from water-glasses
– Always keep PF on lens!
Gold & Blue Polarizing Filter
– Colours reflections gold and blue colours
– Use to replicate sunset at anytime
– Need to correct WB manually
– Use to darken bright half of the picture
– Try “Hard edge 3 stop”
– Use soft edge to darken reflections in the foreground
Neutral Density Filters
– Use for long exposures to catch movement
– Try shooting WIND
– Use to catch moving colours at sunset