It is always worth looking around and keeping your eyes peeled on your immediate surroundings while taking pictures. Quite often animated faces in a crowd can help tell a story or other picturesque things can happen.
This image I am particularly proud of because it shows the atmosphere at Wisla Krakow of a European Cup game.
So it is worth remembering, not all the best photographs happen on the pitch!
Challenge: I have to take pictures which need figures in them but I am alone. Friends are working- sometimes being a photographer can be lonely!
Obviously I can’t include myself in the picture……………unless of course I am in silhouette!
This image of me has been used to promote Kington Walking Festival.
The camera was lay on the ground and metered for the sky, the timer was set to ten seconds and I just walked past.
Hope you like the result!
I always challenge myself to get something different, you have to stand out and catch the viewers eye. And while it can be easy to get a picture of exploding fireworks it is also, dare I say it, a tad expected and boring.
In the past I have tried photographing people lit up by a bonfire, which can give an atmospherically (not sure if that is a real word!) warm colour cast.
I was pleased with this picture of the traditional (tad boring) firework explosion because of the way the sparks are flying outwards and the silhouettes of the people watching the display add that extra element needed.
One mistake often made while taking pictures is to get as much information as possible into the image. But you need to focus (pun intended) on what message you want to convey and keep it clear and concise.
Moving in close and isolating part of the image can be a powerful way of getting your point over to the viewer.
Look Up or Look Down……… I pop my mind into gear and consider different angles to make my images interesting.
Sometimes my camera is aimed down either from a step ladder or by simply holding the equipment above my head.
Obviously it does depend on circumstances.
This technique offers a different angle and is an excellent way of obliterating cluttered backgrounds.
I also look up, which can work well with high ranking business men and women as it gives the subject a sense of power.
In the above image I opted for the visually interesting colourful ceiling.
The ceiling was a far better background than the rather dull cream wall which was my other option.
I am sure my subjects thought I was a bit zany and ‘out there’ as I asked them to look down on me. But who cares, I certainly don’t, as in these circumstances the image does the talking!
My perfect stag night was spent on nearby Bradnor Hill with a bottle of my favourite tipple in one hand and Nikon camera in the other.
I know this is slightly off the photography subject but I have spent a lot of time up on the hill taking landscape pictures and have often wondered what it would be like to enjoy a bottle of Butty Bach while watching the sunset over Wales.
I couldn’t resist, I had to take my camera to record the scene as I toasted to the beautiful view.
I focussed on the bottle holding it out in front of me at just the right distance and angle.
Looking at this image brings it all back to me, the taste of the beer, the smell of the grass, I can sense the wind blowing past my ears and the scene will stay with me forever.
I am always on the look out for a different angle while taking pictures. A different angle will help the image stand out from the page, or in this case, a submission to a television channel.
I simply pre-focused, lay my camera on the floor pointing upwards to the sky to get this unusual photograph of flowers in the sunshine.
The picture was selected and used to illustrate a news story on the weather.
Always look for an unusual picture to accompany a story.
An image was needed to accompany an article used to promote an exhibition. People and paintings are so hard to make interesting in a photograph. Luckily on this occasion I was ‘rescued’ due to this work of art and the willingness of the subject to trust me to make the image different.
When shooting a spread of pictures I look for a variety of images that are completely different yet will compliment each other on the page.
I first figure out the most important news angle, which should be the biggest/best place image on the page.
Next I look at other areas of the event which I think should also be featured. For this I shoot pictures of varying shapes to give the editor/sub editor a little freedom while placing images in a template.
I also shoot upright and landscape of most images just to give the editor/sub editor a choice of images to use.
I also look to vary the amount of people in the pictures.