There are only a few days until Philly Photo Day, are you ready?  Check back here every day for a few tips to make your photograph memorable!

Don’t cut people off at joints!

  • Make sure when you’re photographing someone to crop before or after joints.

Leave ample headroom when making portraits!

  • Don’t cut your subject short! Try leaving some space around their head to have a nice thought out look.

Shoot RAW if you can

  • The purpose of shooting in RAW format is to save, with minimum loss of information; making your job in photoshop a lot easier and the end product substantially better.

Keep your ISO low to avoid pixel noise

  • The lower your ISO, the less pixels you will have.  If you are shooting outside on a sunny day, shoot at 100.  The only time you need a higher ISO is when you have dull or minimum lighting.

If everything is blurry – your shutter speed is too slow

  • Shutter speed is measured in seconds – or in most cases fractions of seconds. The bigger the denominator the faster the speed (ie 1/1000 is much faster than 1/30).

Small Aperture  = Large Depth of Field

  • Depth of Field s the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene. If you want your foreground to be in focus and your background blurry, try shooting at f/2.8, if you want the whole scene in focus, try shooting at f/22.

Interesting light = Interesting pictures

  • Try finding an area with different lighting, or create your own!  If you want a romantic lighting try shooting at dawn or as the sun is beginning to set.


More tips tomorrow!