So I go to the WordPress website this morning and what do I see but someone’s blogged about how much models are photoshopped (discussion there about how this is bad for self-esteem). Crazy, crazy, crazy!
So I haven’t photographed many people so far (thinking of changing this) and I don’t photoshop my photos (to be clear I have cropped and resized images before). One, I don’t currently know how to use it. And two I think a lot of people use it as a crutch to prop up bad photography skills. If you have to go in and make a lot of changes to get a decent photo you need to go reshoot it (my personal philosophy is to shoot it right or don’t use it, then again I’m not trying to make a living shooting advertising photos). Even the nonprofessional can learn about composition, aperture, shutter speeds and ISO. Yes, a lot of point and shoot digital cameras don’t have much in the way of independent controls, but you still have the different scene modes. Don’t know what those symbols mean? Read your manual or ask a photographer friend. Get your camera off auto everything, go out and play around. Experiment with your settings. You’ll get better photos.
Ok, so maybe you don’t feel like fiddling around with dials and buttons. You can still look around at what you’re shooting to see what’s in the background (telephone pole sticking out of someone’s head anyone?). Try to really see what’s around you. We spend so much of our time going from here to there without paying attention to our surroundings. It’s good to stop and smell the roses once in a while.
Try a different angle or get really close (use your macro mode, that’s the little flower symbol).
Fill up the frame with your subject matter.
Use naturally occurring objects to frame your subject.
Think something ugly can’t be pretty?
It’s fun to fool around with a camera in your hands. Play! Try new things! Go out and have fun!
Let me know how it goes.