Welcome back to Friday Photography tips!
My family and I visited the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. You can't photograph inside, but you can on the outside. So these are from that visit.
Let's get started.
I want to show you what a typical shot that people take. This is a very average shot, taken by *cough cough* one of my kids, who shall remain nameless.
What do you notice about it that makes it average?
See how our faces are right in the middle of the photo? The lion had its head chopped off. While my husband's face and mine are right in the middle of the frame, there's a lot of clutter around us. It's hard to focus on one thing.
So, it was my turn to get behind the camera and take a family picture.
I made sure to get the entire statue in the shot and crop out most of the clutter around them. And, I turned the camera to the "portrait" position, unlike the one above.
Even though the lighting was flat, I'm still happy with it. Why? Because I'd been to the Biltmore House once before, back in the 80's. My mom snapped a pictured of me and my siblings in front of that same lion….It means something to me. Not every shot has to be jaw dropping. Just the best it can be under the circumstances.
When we first arrived, my youngest started sketching the house. So, I got behind him and caught both him and the mansion in my shot. It's a picture that will remind him in later years how much he liked to draw. Take some shots of "mundane" or "ordinary" life, but make them interesting. We tend to remember the big events of our life, but remembering the details or mundane is pretty cool, too.
Here's what I call a "mood" shot. I walked up behind my family and just wanted to capture the moment. My daughter was on her cell phone…or mine, actually, prepping to take a picture. My youngest had started sketching and my other son was looking below. He had probably dropped something and was watching gravity work!
Again, I was just capturing the moment with my family.
|Hubby and son having fun at Biltmore|
Not every shot of a person has to be directly head on. Side shots or shots from behind can be special, too.
But notice how little clutter there is in the picture. You can see the mountains in the background. I cropped out columns and railings to make the shot just about them.
So when taking people pictures, focus in more on them. Like the pics of my family and husband and son together.
But if you want to capture a mood shot, make sure to get enough information around them to make the picture make sense. Like getting my son's sketch pad in the photo with the Biltmore House in the background.
Is there anything that stands out to you in the pictures? Or one that you like?
As always, leave comments of anything you'd like to ask about and I may include that in a future post!
Hope this tips helps!
Keep on clicking!