Great images can be found almost anywhere, but it takes vision to bring them to life. At Dublite Productions we pride ourselves in creating unique images that represent our vision. Here are 5 tips to help you capture your next great image:
1. Natural light can be a great tool
Natural light and Artificial light can both be powerful tools when executing your next great photograph. Each lighting source can provide you with a unique opportunity to create the photograph you envisioned. With Natural light try to shoot in the early hours of the day or the late afternoon. These windows of time are great for natural light as the sun doesn’t produce as harsh of light in the morning or late afternoon as it would at high noon. If you photograph on a cloudy day the clouds will act as natures diffuser and allow for light on your subject.
2. Use Depth of Field to control what you want us to see
Depth of Field can be most easily controlled by your aperture. The smaller the aperture number (f1.4) the shorter the depth of field will be, while the larger the aperture number (f22) the longer the depth of field will be, but be careful using larger apertures as you can start to lose sharpness within your photograph. A great rule of thumb to maintain maximum sharpness and have great depth of field is to keep your aperture between f8-f11.
3. Choose the right lens
When we create a great photograph all photographers pay very close attention to what lens they will be using to capture their vision. Each lens you have will do several different things, but the most noticeable will be the compression within the photograph. A Canon 70-200mm f2.8L Telephoto lens will have a very shallow compression of the background, while a Canon 24-70mm f2.8L will allow for the background to be more stretched out and visible. The most important thing is to know the capabilities and limitations of each lens in your bag before you make a decision to use a specific lens to capture your greatest photograph.
4. Get Closer
How many times have you seen the same photograph of a famous scene that looks like every other photograph you have ever seen? A lot I would bet. All the great photographers in the world have those great photographs of a famous scene, but instead of leaving after they capture the standard photograph they all take the time to get closer to the subject. Often times when we get closer to the subject we are able to completely change the narrative of the photograph and force our viewers to see the story we are telling. Next time you are out photographing grab the standard photograph, but don’t leave yet. Grab your gear, change a lens and get as close as you can. You will be amazed at how your photography will start to reflect how you see the world.
5. Just because it is daytime doesn’t mean a tripod isn’t needed (For the sake of this tip we are not using off camera flash systems)
One of the biggest mistakes many photographers make is not carrying a tripod with them during the day time and they solely rely on the cameras ability to capture the scene by bumping up the ISO or using an Aperture and Shutter Speed combination that doesn’t make sense for the scene. Yes relying on the cameras ability sometimes works out, but often times it forces you to use settings you would never use. ISO’s can only be bumped up so high before you start to see significant noise and shutter speeds can only go so low before you notice camera shake. I know it sucks, but carry a tripod if you are expecting to exceed the cameras abilities when being hand held. MeFOTO makes a great and light tripod that you can even attach your camera bag to for extra stability.
Now get out there and show the world your vision!
Dublite Productions is a Chicago Production Company that is helping brands connect to their audience through video production, photography and graphic design. For more information on how we can help feel free to connect with us at Jake@dublite.com