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Kris Krüg's photography tips presentation at Gnomedex 2008 in Seattle.

Transcript of Making Better Photographs

  • 1. Taking Making Better Photographs
    • Kris Krg
  • Gnomedex 2008, Seattle

2. Light in the Eyes 3. Evaluate the Light

  • Sun? Shade? Incandesent, Halogen?
  • Look around - highlights, shadows, spotlights
  • Put your subject in good light
  • Look for reflection/catchlight in the eyes
  • Use lamps, spotlights, etc

4. Work With Whatcha Got 5. Shoot in Low Light/Available Light

  • Increase your ISO (ASA)
  • Increase your aperture (F-stop)
  • Decrease your shutter speed
  • Focus manually if autofocus fails you
  • Tinker with manual settings/metering
  • Brace on things (tripod, gear bag)

6. Reflections Are Yummy! 7. Look for Reflections

  • Puddles are my favorite
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Shiny floors
  • Provides symetry, unique perspectives, and extra light

8. Gnomedex Wall of Love 9. Focus On A Theme

  • Polaroids
  • Portraits
  • Black & White//Sepia//Over-exposed
  • Laptop Stickers//Geeks & Gear
  • Funny Faces

10. Learn Your Camera

  • Isolate the variables - depth of field, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc
  • Tinker, tweek, shoot lots, share your photos, get feedback, change it up
  • Share gear - find someone you can test out lenses, flashes, etc with

11. Rules Are Made To Be Broken 12. Take a Look @ Your Background

  • No trees sprouting out of peoples heads.
  • Less busy puts more focus on the subject

13. Fill the Frame

  • Get close to your subject
  • Use all the screen real estate

14. Rule of Thirds An image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. The four points formed by the intersections of these lines can be used to align features in the photograph. Proponents of this technique claim that aligning a photograph with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the photo than simply centering the feature would. 15. Get High! Swing Low...

  • People look better (younger, skinnier) from above
  • Stand on things
  • Lay down
  • Get the angle
  • Change your perspective

16. Tips for Being a Pretty Subject

  • Laugh! Smile! Have fun!
  • Make eye contact with the camera
  • Take off your conference lanyard
  • Stand in the light
  • Avoid douchebag hand gestures unless your a Japanese girl or me. ;)
  • Get close, show some love
  • Dont squirm - stand still.

17. Camera Buying Advice

  • Lenses more important than body
  • Dont fall for Mega Pixels
  • Look for manual controls
  • I like cameras from camera companies - Canon, Nikon, Fuji

18. Now forget all that. Go gonzo style. Fuck focus, framing, etc. Move fast. Have fun. Feel it. 19. Thx to Chris and Ponzi. Creative Commons. Share the love. Link to me on the words photographer, fashion photographer, vancouver photographer, or all the above and Ill give you a gift of photographic awesomeness! ;) Kris Krg. kk+. 778. 898. 3076.[email_address]