I've been out and about in Bristol shooting these images for Restaurants who have signed up to a new home delivery service. Its been great fun and got to sample loads of great cooking!
There was a fantastic firework display last night to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of Bristol's iconic landmarks. It was an opportunity not to be missed. Having not really photographed fireworks before I did some research, grabbed a tripod a thick coat and set of to join the crowds. This is what I learnt.
- Include things in the photo that give a sense of scale and depth.
- Long exposures of about 4 - 12 seconds, camera set on bulb with a good depth of field.
- Post production in Lightroom using Clarity and H.S.L for selective colour enhancement.
And heres a small selection of the final images...
1.Use diffused daylight whenever possible.
2.Back button focus to help keep things sharp.
3.Be aware for the unexpected.
50mm 1.4 lens. F2.8 1/250th @1600 iso
Being a University lecture has given me a great insight in how to teach photography skills over a 3 year period. My students are learning at BA level and generally come with a basic knowledge on how to take a photograph.
I am going to share one of the techniques I use in order for them to develop as photographers, it's based around Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs, it is a simple three stage programme and I call it " The Rules".
LEARN THE RULES
As it says on the tin - learn every rule of photography you can. Practice them until they are completely intuitive. Examples might be - the rule of thirds, how to get a correct exposure, or how to create Rembrandt lighting.
BREAK THE RULES
This is where things become more exciting, using the examples above it might be having the subject right on the edge of the frame, under or overexposing an image, or using rim lighting as a key light.
MAKE YOUR OWN RULES
The final step of the process. This is where you are putting your own stamp on the image making, creating your own style. It can only be done after you have mastered the other two steps. But this is the one that will get you work - when people will buy into your vision. It is about becoming an artist.
Thanks Kyle & Co. for a great time in the studio last night, heres one of the images, taken with the 50mm lens and a gridded beauty light. Chair from IKEA!
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