I really like taking pictures of the creative stuff I make, my pets, my garden etc. But when it comes to people, I really suck...
Do you have any tips for taking pictures of people ? Both when they are standing still, face and body and just natural pictures when they don't know it.
I love seeing others pictures, but I can't figure out to do it on my own ;)
I have a canon eos 1100D and also wondering what settings I should use ?
Do you shoot in manual or auto or another mode?
What look are you going for?
Finally, what lenses do you have?
I'm still new with my camera, so for the most time I use auto.
I don't know what look I am going for ??
I only have the standard lens, 18-55 mm. I think.
I could really use some advice here...:)
I would recommend taking a class. In person (not online, at first) It will really help!
If you really want to dive in and learn a lot, then I highly recommend Karen Russell's online Photography Workshop. She is the best! Check out her blog here: www.karenrussell.typepad.com and check out her class site here: www.snapshotsofagoodlife.com
What I like about Karen is that she teaches from the perspective of capturing life. Her teaching style is clear, concise, and very well-written and explained.
What's important to understand is that you've got to learn about light in order to start getting good shots. That's a big part of photography. Learning about composition is important too. Karen covers both of those topics in her class.
There is so much to learn about photography and you could spend years learning and still barely scratch the surface. You've got to just jump in, start shooting and go for it!
http://www.clickinmoms.com/ has some great online/elearning resources for photographing people!
Clickinmoms is awesome! It is a membership site. Well worth it if you take the time to read all of the tutorials, etc.
I learned everything I know from books, starting with the book Designing with Photos. I used that book up (it's not super complex but has amazing insights that are presented in an understandable format) You can find it here http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Photos-Allison-Tyler-Jones/dp/0971491305/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339730462&sr=8-1
After that, it's a matter of finding photos you like and trying to duplicate. Get someone to pose for you, shoot the image, check it, see what is different and try again. The more images you shoot, the better you'll be. It really helps to find things and mimic them. Also, two standard tips I tell people are get closer and turn that flash off, use natural light as often as possible.
It also makes a huge difference when doing portraits if you talk to your subject and tell them what a great.....smile, hair, eyes they have. People feel awkward when they are having their photo taken and you have to put them at ease. When I started doing that, I may have been just shining them on, but now, I always see the beauty in every single subject. Everyone has a great feature you can encourage them with.
Taking a good class will be helpful but I find taking photos when a person is just acting natural and not posing yields the best photos to scrapbook. Then again, i like those lifestyle type photos. :) Just start practicing. That's really the best way to learn. Just like what you photograph now...you're good at it and enjoy it and I'm sure that came from constantly shooting, no? :)