I once watched a documentary about serial killers and how often they can have a damaged part of the brain or an inability to understand that people have a their own life rather than just being ‘furniture’ in our life. I use this as reassurance that I wont go on to kill anyone as I am utterly fascinated by other people’s lives. I still often sit and people watch imaging who they go home to, what job they might have and if they had a bad childhood event that caused them to wear such terrible shoes.
I’m guessing this fascination is where my love for photography stemmed from; capturing moments in people’s lives. I studied photography at college when I was 16 and I use Instagram as an extention of my love for clicking away in people’s personal space.
I wanted to write a post about how I take my pictures, mainly because I get asked about what camera I use but also because I have some basic rules that I stick to and I feel work for me.
I have a modest camera which is the Canon EOS 1300D and I have two lens’ for it. A 18-55 mm f/3.5-f/5.6 Zoom Lens and a EF 75-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom lens.
I love my camera mainly because it has wifi and I can transfer photographs straight from my camera to my phone. I used to pride myself on my iPhone only photographs but my phone has met the floor at great speeds thanks to an over excited two year old and as a result the quality is awful.
So these are my basic rules.
Never use the flash.
I only ever photograph in good natural lighting. I don’t like the glare and warmth that my flash adds to a photo. I do intend on buying a new flash for my camera and when I do this rule can be scrapped.
Two thirds rule.
Framing is everything. It’s actually quite difficult to explain as you either have an eye for it or you don’t. In its simplest form when I am photographing people I like to frame them to one side, in one third of the image. Here is some examples from our wedding photos. Photos by James Fear. Obviously I don’t proclaim to be this talented.
They aren’t your friend. I much prefer to play with the brightness, contrast and if I’m desperate the warmth all found under the ‘edit’ tab.
Those 9 Pictures
I like my top 9 photographs to be a little summary of what you are likely to find on my page. For me that is a mixture of motherhood, interiors and lifestyle. I’m not strict on this as I do post as it happens photographs but I wouldnt post loads of photographs of the same subject. For me I love to see Instagram accounts with variety.
This seems to happen organically but I do try to identify the season within my photographs. I like being able to scroll and see the seasons change. I can imagine people muttering ‘hence the bloody leaf pictures’ at this point.
Sometimes I’m much happier with my page than others. I flitter between it looking good and it telling the story of my life. There has to be a balance between the two for me.
These are just my rules and I’d love any other tips. I think photography is very subjective and that’s why I love it. What one person likes another may hate, but ultimately if you are photographing the things that you love you can never get it wrong.