I have two favorite photographer books that I sit down with on a regular basis and just browse. It’s like getting the batteries charged. I always come away refreshed and ready to start taking photos.
The first of the two books is Sam Abell’s The Life of a Photograph. A long time National Geographic photographer Sam has put in one book his way of seeing a photograph. What gives life to a photograph?
This video isn’t a replacement for the book but it is a terrific addition to it.
Note: Like everyone else at the wedding I was a guest. The official wedding photographer was Erin Hughes. Her work will not be up on the web until October 1, 2011. At that date you can go to www.ehphoto.zenfolio.com/brianandtanya to view her work. Thanks, John Krill.
Just before brother walks his sister down the isle along with their mother they give each other one final family hug. Then the bride heads into her new life as wife but mother can’t let go. And brother is very proud of his little sister.
I was at the wedding as a quest, a chauffeur really, and it’s not often that I truely enjoy these events. But today I did. Can’t explain it or will not. You decide.
This photo was the best of the lot. Didn’t take that many. The important thing is to be ready when a good photo presents itself. Forget thinking. Forget adjusting the camera. Whatever ISO, Aperture, Speed, White Balance you currently have is it. Not enough time to change any of it. Only thing I did do was quickly walk into the scene and getting as close as I can. I took four photos of just the three of them waiting to enter the church. This was the fourth. That alone is interesting because I usually get it on the first exposure and the rest become backup at best.
Lesson: Always be ready and don’t stop shooting until the scene is gone.
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Why these two pictures? Because I thought they would be far too much contrast to be any good. In the exterior photo the shadow area I was sure would be black because I set the exposure from the red SERVICE sign. And the interior photo I set the exposure by the light coming through the windows on the right. The camera did all the work. I never use RAW, only highest JPG level. Do I want to know how they do it? No. All I want is for the camera to be consistent in it’s results. If I set the exposure in a certain manner will I get the same results every time? That’s all I ask for. That leaves me to worry only about the photo.
The morning I shot these photos it was getting really hot and it wasn’t even 11 AM yet. Just thought you should know.
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