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Soul Sister

Those who know me know that I looooooove theatre. Imagine how excited I was when I got an email from the features editor of Pride magazine regarding the photography for a feature on the production “Soul Sister” at Hackney Empire. A musical based on story of Ike and Tina Turner.

The cast was fantastic!!! I loved it and you should make a note to see it once it’s back.

Here’s the feature. Support the magazine and pick a copy up for other great feature.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

SoulSista Feature in Pride Magazine London June Edition

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Night time Photography Tips

Tips for night time photography.

1) Use a tripod or set your camera on something steady that doesn’t move.

2) Set your ISO higher than you do for daytime photography. 800 is a good starting point.

3) Get some depth of field. If you’re not photographing people, try to stay at about F/8 or higher.

4) Don’t be afraid to drop your shutter speed low, really low. You might have to leave your shutter open for 30 seconds or more if it’s really dark. That’s why you need a tripod. This is where most people fail. They’re not patient enough.

If there are moving things in the scene they could give you some very interesting results.

5) This goes against what I usually preach but here goes; take lots of pictures. Take a picture, vary the exposure a little bit using the shutter speed and take another picture.

 

And that’s about it. Yep, it’s that easy.

 

Here’s an image I took as a test. My model was hours late and so we couldn’t really do everything we had planned. But we did get to shoot some. The rest can be seen in the fashion section of my porftolio.

Be sure to like the group on Facebook and stay updated on more tips. www.facebook.com/davidotokpa.

 

The Gift

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5 Tips To Better Portraits

I’m hoping by now we’re all thinking a little more about what we’re photographing so I’m going to give you a few tips that I find helpful when I’m photographing people.

 

1)   Composition: When starting out, it is very tempting to want to place what you are photographing in the centre of the image. Try moving the person off to one side of the frame. Either slightly to the left or to the right of the picture. Experiment a little and see what works best.

2)   Focus: It is often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. In portraiture work, where the eyes can be seen, make sure the eyes are in focus. This is very important.

3)   Perspective: Try to photograph your subjects at eye level. If you’re taller than your subject, bend so you’re looking straight at them and if you’re not as tall as your subject, have them sit or stand on something.

4)   Background: It is very easy to get carried away focusing on your subject but remember to watch the backgrounds. A distracting background can ruin your image just as easily as a bad portrait. Avoid poles and other things sticking out of ears and heads.

5)   Size: While it is common to have the face, neck and shoulders in a portrait, do not be afraid to fill the frame with the face of your subject. Some people have striking features and you may want to include just the eyes and nose alone. That’s fine.

 

These are by no means rules, rather they are guidelines to get you started on your portrait photography. Take them, leave them or even twist them, but most of all, keep shooting, stay safe and have fun.

 

Here is a beauty shot that was done taking into account some of the above tips. All distractions were removed to leave the face as the centre of attention.

 

Beauty Image

CB Dinah

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You take rubbish pictures and here’s why!

So I bought some pretty expensive plumbing tools and I’m going to become a plumber. Shocked? You should be; buying tools of a trade doesn’t make you skilled at the trade.

 

You might buy the most expensive camera equipment but that doesn’t mean much either. The best or most expensive camera equipment can’t make you a better photographer. Only you can do that.

One of the most important things a photographer has is his vision; his ideas, his viewpoint, his eye (the way he sees the world).

Digital photography has made taking pictures so cheap and affordable that most of us fire away taking hundreds of pictures. The problem with this is that while that doesn’t cost you much other than the price of the camera, most people are not thinking about what they are photographing or what in fact they would like to photograph.

If you remember nothing you read on this blog but what I’m about to say, you’ll be a better photographer than most.

 

Next time you want to take a picture, stop for a moment, take the camera away from your eyes and just look at the scene. Think about what it is you want to say. What you want to capture.

Decide what you want to include in the picture. Is your position right for what you want to show? If not, move. You might not have to move much or you might have to. Either way, thinking before shooting is bound to increase the quality of your pictures.

 

Well that’s it for today. Get out there and keep shooting but remember… Look, think and then click.

 

Have a lovely day.

 

The dress in the image below was made of paper and created by 2 designers.

Model in paper dress

The dress is by designers Sandra Tozeva and Ferilu Josh. Model is Alycia, Make up by Karen L.

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What Lens should you buy?

What lens should You buy?

 

Last post, we looked at what camera you should buy. Today we’re looking at what lens you should buy.

The question of what lens you should buy is not as straightforward or simple as choosing a camera. The reason is that once you get into the world of DSLR’s, your lenses become your investment. People tend to acquire lenses over a period of time and the collective price tends to add up to more than the price of a camera body alone. This fact makes choosing your lenses carefully something to be taken seriously.

 

What lens or lenses you should get depends largely on what you’re going to be photographing and your shooting style.

Do you like to photograph people or landscapes, Insects or wild life? Maybe everything.

Are you more at ease photographing from a distance or do you want to be right in with the action? Natural light or studio flashes? Are you more of an indoor or outdoor shooter?

All these factors can and should be taken into account when you’re looking to purchase a lens.

Lenses are either zoom lenses or prime lenses ( a prime is a lens with one focal length. It doesn’t have the ability to zoom).

 

  • If you’re interested in photographing landscapes and buildings, you’ll be best served with a wide-angle lens. Anything between a 10 to 35 mm should work. You can use other lenses but these would be a joy for you.
  • If people are more your cup of tea then I’d say a nice zoom which gives you between 50mm to 200mm would give the most flattering results.
  • And if you’re into more specialist things like wildlife or insect shots you might want something more specialist and which costs more than the average lens.

 

Well I’m going to keep is short and pick this up next week. Stop by for more detailed information on lenses and which one is best for you.

 

The image below is of a model/dancer that I photographed and was impressive to work with. Have a lovely weekend.

Man jumping high and suspended mid air

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May 4, 2012 - 2:29 pm

Iman B - Thanks D, that is a great help. I am still working on questions to get more answers and get more detail.

Iman

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