Shot of the week 11-30-09

Sometimes getting the right shot is all about the timing. This week I am going to do something a little different and focus on a few shots that were created in a totally journalistic environment. I was photographing a Thanksgiving food giveaway in the early morning. The light was pretty interesting because it was very low and most images were shot in the sunlight vs shade. Some of my most favorite images of the shoot were focused on the emotion of the day by using my 70-200mm shot at 200 with an aperture of 2.8. I was looking for emotion and trying to time my shots to get those perfect moments and reaction. When shooting situations like this I also try and include someone (or something) in the foreground to give some perspective to the image.

This first example was shot between two other people to frame in her face nice and tight and give a really good focus on the emotion of the moment. It was shot at 200mm f/2.8 and converted to Black and White in Lightroom (using a preset for a nice film style look that I love). Framing in her face nice and tight really brings you into the scene and makes the reader focus on the emotion of the shot.

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The next image I really liked was another similar shot where I included a person in the foreground to add more depth to the image. Even though the main subjects face is a little cut off by this person I like that about the image. To me it brings more motion to the photo and makes it a dynamic image. It was also shot at 200mm f/2.8 and converted to Black and White in Lightroom.

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My last favorite shot was also taken with the 70-200 but panned out to 70 to get a little more of the other people in the shot. I really loved the backlighting that the low sun provided and thought the glow of the sun along with the lens flare really adds to the feeling of warmth and love that this photo is about. It is a tender moment being photographed and this dreamy lighting add to that feeling. The exposure on this one has to be manually set since it was pretty harsh backlighting. My normal method is just zoom into 200 on her face and see what that correct exposure is. Then manually change the setting and that’s it, you can shoot away and as long as you are in the same light don’t have to worry about your exposures being way different when you move your camera just a bit.

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The next time you are out shooting an event try and get in tight and capture the emotion of the moment. Try and time the photos perfectly and wait for the right moment instead of just firing off shots. Even though digital photography is endless in how much you can shoot (as long as you have a lot of cards) its a good practice to try and wait for the right moment to fire that trigger.

We are also going to be taking some readers photos for our upcoming shot of the week and want to see the best work you have! If you are interested in sending us some photos just click the contact button above.

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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