Work The Subject

Yea, though I sing the praises of laziness, I know that sometimes a little more effort delivers a much better picture.

I saw this guy (gal?) on the kitchen curtains and knew I should take a picture. Here, I used the 105 f/2.8 micro and my pop-up flash. At the computer, I thought, "well, it's a picture, but it sure isn't much of a photograph."

I returned to the kitchen with an SB800 on the camera and a different attitude. The first image reminds me of a passport photo or mug shot, whereas this one is more like a portrait. I used the diffuser dome and pointed the flash at the ceiling. A little extra effort to light and compose, and a much better photograph.

It’s not uncommon for me to see something interesting and snap a few images to record what I have seen. I need to remember to keep shooting – from different angles and with different approaches to lighting. I don’t think of myself as a particularly creative person, but sometimes, creativity comes from giving ourselves more opportunities to discover our creativity. Working the subject may not be effortless, but it gets easier with practice.

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Filed under Camera Gear, Composition, Lighting, Nature Photography, Portraiture

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