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1 Advice for Taking good photographs “Photography is not about the Camera but the eye standing behind the Camera” Himitsuhana

2 This is not a technical guide We will assume that you are all using a digital “point-and-shoot” camera or a digital SLR camera or a camera on a Smart phone.

3 There are several types of photography. These are the five that we will focus on Portrait Photography Landscape and Nature Architecture Objects and close-ups Documentary

4 Portrait Photography Richard Avedon Ben Hassett

5 Landscape and Nature

6 Architecture Take a picture of the entire building and then zoom in to interesting details. You will require a zoom lense for this.

7 Objects and close-ups Try to get very close to the subject and isolate an interesting composition

8 Documentary Documentary photographs should tell a story. Can you see what these are saying?

9 There are some important points for you to be aware of when taking your pictures, however, in order to ensure success. Consider the following: Format Lighting Composition / Rule of thirds Exposure Backgrounds Viewpoint.

10 Format You must decide whether the Portrait or Landscape format is most suitable for your subject-matter. Portrait format Landscape Format

11 Lighting Over-exposedUnder-exposed

12 Watch out for the position of the sun or other backlighting

13 Composition / Rule of thirds Try not to use the centre of the lens as a target. The interest should be off center. See how effective the image on the left is.

14 Examples of the rule of thirds

15 Backgrounds You must be careful to ensure that backgrounds do not spoil your picture Spires should not seem to grow out of heads; nor fountains gushing from your mothers hair.

16 Viewpoints An interesting viewpoint can lead to a more dynamic outcome Looking “through” can also add interest.

17 Rogues Gallery Here are some examples of very bad photography. Make sure that your photos don’t look like these

18 Blurry / Out of focus

19 Poor composition / Poor Lighting

20 Can you spot what is wrong with these?

21 Just Plain BAD!!

22 Heroes of Photography Here are some images by the best photographers around.

23 David Bailey Famous Portrait photographer of the 1960’s and beyond, Baily photographs the worlds most famous people.

24 Annie Leibovitz American photographer famous for her very individual style of portraiture

25 Bruce Davidson American photographer who photographed ordinary people in New York and other parts of America. He developed a “fly-on-the-wall” style.

26 Richard Avedon The first Photographer to become famous for his magazine cover photography for magazines such as Vogue

27 Don McCullin Documentary photographer who recorded many wars and political struggles from the 1950’s to the present day

28 Henri Cartier Bresson French photographer who is regarded by many as the greatest photographer of all time.

29 Michael Wolf Documents congestion in both Hong Kong and Tokyo

30 Ansel Adams American regarded as the greatest Landscape photographer… ever!!

31 SHA TIN COLLEGE STUDENT’S PHOTOGRAPHS Our own IB students have been taking excellent photographs for their IB Visual Arts course.

32 An amazing set of Portrait photographs by Nicolene Devenport

33 Fashion Photography and objects by Macy Chow

34 A Photographic Essay depicting “loneliness” by Naomi Ng

35 “Meat”, by Alvin Chan and Charlotte McGuiness

36 You can take pictures anywhere, especially now that camera’s and camera phones are so common. Try to follow the advice given here and get inspired to take excellent quality photographs of your own…. Now, Get snapping!!!!!

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