September 7, 2007

G: Get in Close

What do I love about self-portraits?

Everything is so close. If you want everyone to fit...you have to squeeze together. A little closer...a little closer...finally...everyone fits.

Why it is then, when you hand someone to take a photo of you, they immediately take several steps back up to take the shot?

Walk forward. Use your zoom. Do either...but get in close. Unless you're seeking a story that tells the picture with the scenery, make sure to get some shots where the subject clearly is the focus.

A perfect example of this comes from my little cousin, eight year old Brandon. We went on an early morning photo expedition (when I say early, I mean he was at the foot of my bed at 7 am, dressed and ready to go with camera in hand, before I'd even gotten up) and he shot with my point and shoot Canon digital camera. He was in heaven. Here's a sample image:


the specs: ISO 400, F/4.5, 1/320 sec.

He saw the rose bush in the backyard. He thought he saw something move on it, and immediately ran to the bush. This is what he then found...

the specs: ISO 400, F/4.5, 1/640 sec.

There's something I love about filling the frame with an expression. You can capture movement, activity, and scenery with a wide frame...but there's just something about being close-up that you can't create with a wide angle image. Expressions, catchlights in the eyes, and facial detail is something that being up close gives you.

These are a few of my favorites, capturing all kinds of expression...


the specs: ISO 800, F/3.2, 1/500 sec.


the specs: ISO 400, F/4.5, 1/500 sec.


the specs: ISO 400, F/5, 1/200 sec.


the specs: ISO 200, F/2.8, 1/4000 sec.


the specs: ISO 400, F/2.8, 1/250 sec.

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