Taking Pictures On Purpose

 I have had my DSLR for about 2.5 years now, and I absolutely love it.  I have only just begun to discover the limits of what it can do for me.  Though I have been trying to practice general rules of composition, my approach to photography has been more "even a blind hen gets grain" than deliberate framing.  Turns out taking pictures on purpose is harder than I thought!  Generally I do candid photography, so a scatter shot approach is neccesary in some circumstances.  But the other day, I did a portrait session with a friend, and it wasn't until aftwards I notice that I should have fixed the hair, there was a strange shadow ect. ect.  I definitely have some more practicing to do....

Kazel Kazel
18-21, F
2 Responses Feb 10, 2009

Use a slave flash to one side to remove unwanted hair shadows. Also try a backlight behind the subject to really bring the hair alive.<br />
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I use a Nikon D50 too - it's a great camera. When I'm out, I keep a Panasonic DMC - LX2 in my pocket. It has a great Leica lens and can be used fully manually if required.

With respect to the portrait shoot, this is where the digital would have had advantage over film, since you at least could review the results and try again while the subject is still there.