Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Snapshot snippets

While my family and I were out on our most recent trip, I armed myself with plenty of reading. This time it was all about photography. For those of you who are also interested in creating timeless memories, I thought I'd share a few excerpts for you to ponder. (And though a few refer back to weddings, I think it applies to all of photography!)


Snipppets from: PROFESSIONAL SECRETS OF NATURAL LIGHT PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY by Douglas Allen Box

pg. 6 -- Photographers take pictures to preserve memories. What can you do to make that memory better? More vivid? More lasting? What can you do to make the photograph more pleasing to look at? What can you do to make the image recreate the moment when you view this photo days or years from now?

pg. 6 -- One of the hardest skills to learn is to force yourself not to look through the viewfinder, but to see what is in the view finder --to make your eye scan the entire scene the camera sees.

Snippet from: PROFESSIONAL SECRETS OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY by Douglas Allen Box

pg. 107 -- Always look for the story behind the story...Instead of putting the camera down after capturing an image, continue to watch for natural reactions and emotion. These candid moments show the personalities of the people and the spirit of the wedding.

Snippets from: STORYTELLING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY by Barbara Box

pg. 6 -- Photography tells two stories: the story of the subject who is the photographed and the story of the photographer. This second story is often overlooked, but should no be so easily dismissed. Just as the choices we make in our lives are clearly influenced by our personality, history, education, ect., so too are these influences reflected in the subjects we choose to photograph and how we execute a portrait of that subject.

pg. 29 -- You must never let your guard down for an instant. Moments happen in a flash and then are gone forever.

5 comments:

~Dustynne Noelle said...

:: One of the hardest skills to learn is to force yourself not to look through the viewfinder, but to see what is in the view finder --to make your eye scan the entire scene the camera sees.

:: You must never let your guard down for an instant. Moments happen in a flash and then are gone forever.

:: Just as the choices we make in our lives are clearly influenced by our personality, history, education, ect., so too are these influences reflected in the subjects we choose to photograph and how we execute a portrait of that subject.

How true! The more photography I get into the more I realize these things. Excellent reminders!

Anonymous said...

thanks

Anonymous said...

Bethany, you have such a gift...and after reading all that I just know, by the grace of God you are going to do a fabulous job on that wedding you have in October! The last couple lines from pg. 29 can apply to all of life. Love ya sis!

BrittLeigh said...

Aw, thanks so much for sharing those excerpts. Those were things I had kind of "picked up" after having spent a year of enjoying photography, yet the quotes put it into perspective so much more :). What an inspiration :).

Oh, and I love the photos you used to convey the points made... especially that first one :). Where do you find such adorable little subjects.... LOL :)

Jessica said...

Oh, I love the last tip! How often I have found myself wishing that I had my camera!! :)