Recently I took some after photographs of a garden wall installation for a local Rochester landscape design firm. I arrived early in the afternoon to take the photos, which isn’t typically the most ideal time of day. Midday lighting can create harsh shadows or a washed-out image. I figured that it wouldn’t matter too much because these were just meant to show of the installation, not be a work of art.
Engagement photography is often awkward, especially for camera-shy couples. To lighten things up, consider bringing props. For the photographer it’s easier to capture great candid moments. They can help create whimsical images that show off your personalities. Banners, games and even wardrobe or costume changes can make an otherwise unfamiliar experience more fun and rewarding.
When someone walks up to me and says “I wish could take photos like yours. I’d like to know how to get better at photography.” I usually smile and offer them hints as advice:
Just then, however, the rain intensified and I decided to stay. I retreated to the garage to get the rest of my camera gear out of the heavy rain and make the most of the situation.
Recently I haven’t been feeling very creative. I bring my camera with me everywhere I go and take plenty of pictures, but something just doesn’t work out for me. It’s not fresh. It’s no longer spontaneous. I’m bogged down in composition rules, exposure guidelines, settings, dials, buttons. Technically speaking my photography is better, but after a decade behind the lens it can feel hard to see things creatively.