Won awards in photojournalism and media coach Frank folwell shared the secrets of how to capture the perfect shot. Reporters learned tips in Egypt for the course titled “the Use of digital tools in public service journalism”, which was organized by ICFJ Anywhere.
Here are some tips Falwell:
Memory and charging. Make sure your camera has enough storage memory and charged batteries for the lighting time of the event. Spare batteries (external power for iPhone) and memory card needed. Be prepared.
Get closer, fill the frame. Place the object to the foreground. Watch the background – make sure it improves the picture, not distracting.
What to include and what to remove. “What should I include in the composition? What is important to tell the story”? Think that should be removed from the frame. What’s distracting? Telephone poles, signs, cars. Compose so that they remained behind the scenes. There are exceptions. You might want to show a specific place through photography license plates or road signs. In this case, these objects can make a big difference.
The zoom lens. Learn the power of the lens. When shooting portraits, use a medium zoom. If you want to show the surroundings, use a wide-angle lens with the subject in the foreground. A telephoto lens can help fill the frame and remove items.
Delay shutter. When you press the shutter in most digital cameras have a delay, while the camera brings focus and when using the flash – waiting for charging. Control press the shutter half-heartedly, find focus. Then frame the picture and press the button to focus, to take a picture.
Focus. Click half-heartedly and lock focus on the desired object. You can then recompose.
Natural light. If possible, try to avoid using flash. In most cases flash looks unnatural. Daylight passing through the window, has for shooting indoors in the daytime.
Beautiful light helps make beautiful photos. Try to avoid shooting outdoors at noon. Early morning or evening light is softer and gives a much more pleasing display. Try to take a photo so that the sunlight provided the maximum texture and detail. It turns out, when the sun is to the left or right of the camera. In most cases, avoid photographing with the sun behind you or directly in front of you.
Try different angles — move. Scroll down to clean up the background or to remove from the frame high-rise building. Look around the hill. View from a height can provide excellent prospects for the full scene.
Constantly shoot. Shoot a lot, experiment and learn to edit.
Practice before shooting. Please check your equipment – it will give you confidence. While you are fiddling with the camera, you can seize the moment or to impress the layman.