Moving away from static | Brisbane Photographer

Do you ever feel as though the photographs you take are too jam packed and almost like you can’t breathe looking at them?

There’s a reason for that, Subjects with eyes such as people and animals need room to gaze or look around them.  For example, when a person is facing the camera and looking to the photographers left, place them on the right of the frame so they have room to look into the space (negative space is best, remember our lesson from last week on negative space). The sample below shows how the subject has a sense of life and movement, just because we have given her space on the correct side.

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Objects that move such as bicycles, cars, and trains etc need space to move forward or in to, otherwise they look like they have nowhere to go making the photograph seem static. The Photo below shows how to create space for these moving objects also known as ‘Active Space’

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Take a look at this horse jumping picture.  Can you see that it’s crammed into the frame and creates a negative tension within the viewer?  Without even knowing it, you feel as though the horse is stuck and has nowhere to go.

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Remember to think about “active space” as well as the background and what is behind your subject as you plan your images. This will help you put balance in your photographs.

 

NEXT WEEK: The rule of thirds

Using negative space for portraits | Brisbane Child Photographer

Negative space (sometimes also called White Space) is defined as the empty space around the subject of your image. Negative space is usually either a neutral or contrasting background that draws your eye to the main subject you are photographing.

This neutral space can be creamy bokeh (which as we know is used a lot in portrait photography to let your subject stand out against the background) or open sky, grass, walls etc – anything that does not compete with the main subject for attention by being too “cluttered”.  Having negative space allows the viewer’s eyes a chance to rest and sharply define and emphasise your main subject by drawing your eyes directly to it.

Now that we know what negative space is, how do we use this when taking photographs?

Firstly, whether to have negative space or how much to use is a matter of personal taste and style.  Some photos work amazingly well with lots of negative space, such as beach portraits, others are better with just a little “breathing space”. If you follow the rule of thirds you will probably have your subject on one side of the frame balanced by negative space on the other. In some cases however, breaking the rule of thirds works just as well and you can have negative space on either side of your focal point – or have your subject take up just a tiny bit of the frame, filling the rest with contrasting negative space.

Here’s some examples of how negative space can enhance your portraits…

 

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The above image shows a great example of contrasting negative space, it follows the rule of thirds by placing the child’s face in the second two thirds of the frame and allowing the other third to be taken up with the contrasting space. As you can see the viewer is immediately directed to the child’s eyes as this is the brightest part of the image…don’t forget those catchlights to give the photo “LIFE”.

 

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The background here has melted away into a creamy bokeh giving a neutral background – She is positioned on one side using the rule of thirds. Having the face framed with Beanies, hats and hoods works perfectly for this type of portraiture.

 

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Beach and wedding portraits rare perfect examples of how to use negative space to create beautiful photographs. The photo above breaks the rule of thirds with the negative space taking up most of the image but the viewers eyes are still drawn to the main subject with the use of lines and contrast.

When shooting, try to think as much about what you are leaving out of the picture as what you are focusing on. Experiment with negative space in your photographs, cropping differently to see how the inclusion or lack of negative space impacts how the final photograph turns out.

 

NEXT WEEK: Creating room for your subject to move, why some of your photos seem static.

 

Magic Hour | Brisbane Photographer

You know those photos that just have a magic quality to them? There is just something about them that makes you…happy. Well, often that ‘magic’ feel is because of the quality of light used in the image. Most photographers will agree that there is one light in particular that is above and beyond all the rest, we call this light…

Golden hour.

It’s soft, warm and just flat-out magical. It adds a quality to images that can’t be replicated no matter how many studio lights and filters are used to diffuse it. You want to know what the best part is; it’s FREE and comes around everyday…twice! Soft light makes people look pretty and is flattering for portraits, harsh midday light does not.

In fact, golden light can become so soft that you can have your subjects facing straight into the sun, they won’t squint, they won’t look shiny, and they wont have dark shadows. Seriously, it’s like magic.

So what time of day does this magic hour happen? Quite simple really, it’s one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset. Be careful though if it’s a relatively cloudy day this can cut 20 minutes or more off your hour as the sun dips below the horizon. So, next time you take your family out for that late afternoon stroll, take your camera and keep snapping away.

Golden Glow

 

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Photo Session | Brisbane Photographer

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the Khoo family at the Botanic Gardens Mt Cootha. It was a lovely warm morning full of energy and fun, just the way family sessions should be. I have a comfortable relaxed approach to my family sessions, I feel that children do much better when they are free to run around and expel that excess energy in between the more posed shots. Children have very little patience so breaking the session up into a posed…casual…posed…routine allows me to get a good variety of images.

I had given the family some ideas in regards to wardrobe before their session and they did a fabulous job of co-ordinating their outfits. I stress to my clients that it is not important to match but its imperative that the clothing is co-ordinated to a overall colour theme. Clothing is something that cannot be fixed afterwards and can really be the thing that makes or breaks your family photos. See my guide to Portrait Preparation for more information on co-ordinating your outfits.

 

Botanic Gardens Mt Cootha

Maternity Photos | Cleveland Photographer

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful couple expecting their first baby. It is such a magical time in this young couples lives and I was proud to be asked to help create such a beautiful memory for them.

Maternity photos are one of those things that you look at and think…how lovely; I’m definitely going to get them done when I am pregnant. Then you turn 35 weeks, your uncomfortable, you don’t feel like your particularly glowing and lets face it, aint no one photographing these stretch marks!

Now…take a moment, have a cry and put the baby’s eviction notice away. This is one small moment and it doesn’t last a lifetime, it only lasts 9 short months. It is the first, last or possibly only time you will have a baby growing inside of you and it’s a wonderful moment to remember and look back on later.

There are many different styles to maternity sessions and I am happy to work with you to capture this moment any way you wish. Whether you want studio style, outdoor portraiture, all black and white or proudly displayed bungy jumping naked from story bridge…ill be there to capture it.

Remember ladies, your body isn’t ruined by stretch marks, you’re a tiger who earned her stripes…be proud x

Classic Portrait

 

Couple Maternity Session

 

 

 

 

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