Planning is the key to success. And this statement holds equally true for photographers as well. If you fail to plan properly, chances that your images do not come out well are very high. Photographer Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens talks about six decisions that he makes every time that helps him take good photos:
1. Sketch Your Ideas
Have a notebook with a pencil handy, and sketch any ideas that you might come across. This helps you visualize your imagination and also keeps you from forgetting your ideas.
2. Pick the Right Location
With the idea in place, it is really important that your choice of location does justice to what you have in your mind. When looking for a location to shoot in, be sure to pay attention to the entire surrounding. See how the background is lit. Pay attention to the foreground and make sure that there’s nothing distracting. Also, notice how the sunlight interacts with the surrounding elements and the model. And keep your eyes out for the sky too. Notice how the clouds are in place and how the sky is changing colors. Have a holistic approach whenever picking the location.
3. Simplify the Elements
When it comes to design principles, simple is better. Before pressing that shutter button, pay attention to your composition and make sure things don’t appear too busy in the frame. Keeping your composition simple also emphasizes the main subject.
4. Use Complementary Colors
When composing your scene, pay attention to color. If you have a model, select their clothing wisely. Use complementary colors. It makes the final image pleasing to look at. To make the work easier for yourself, refer to the color wheel and choose colors that look good with each other. Then, set the elements accordingly when taking the photo.
5. Pick the Right Model and Props
Choose a model who best suits the character you’ve imagined. If you need any props to tell the story, be sure to use them to your advantage.
6. Look for Great Lighting
Lighting is the key element in photography that sets the look and the mood. Photograph during the golden hours and you’ll rarely come up with unflattering images. If you plan to use artificial lighting, set it up to slightly open up the shadows on the model while not killing the ambiance of the surroundings.
Have a plan next time you go out for a photo shoot, and you’re sure to come back with images you love!
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