Does the idea of photographing people intimidate you even if it’s taking photos of close friends? People can often times be the easiest subjects to photograph once you get over your fear of doing something wrong with the camera. For example, photographing people can be much simpler than taking a photo of a landscape because for landscapes you might have to drive somewhere faraway in order to find a decent landscape and even then the lighting and weather must be ideal in order for the photo turn out well. However, you have absolute control over how you photograph people versus taking photos of landscapes in which you can’t control the elements.
With people as your subjects, you can control the elements of photography such as lighting techniques and positioning. You also have an unlimited number of subjects at your disposal. These subjects include your friends, relatives and friends of friends. Not to mention each of these subjects is unique and will produce a different type of photograph. You can adjust lighting, the subject’s clothing and makeup as well as location. Imagination is the key to successfully photographing people as subjects. You don’t even need to be an expert on your camera’s settings. Use your camera’s portrait mode in order to take decent photos of other people. Become an expert on your camera settings later. To improve your photography skills, start thinking like a professional photographer would. Here are some tips from a recent article:
Get to Know Your Subject. Start by building a rapport with your subject. You’ll want your subject to feel comfortable with you so that this translates into him or her feeling comfortable in front of the camera. Encourage your subject to be versatile in their movements and positions. If your subject is relaxed, then you will have more success with the photos.
Go Wide with your Lens. The reason documentary photographers and photojournalists like to use wide angle lenses is because it allows them to become intimate with their subjects. The photographer is able to move close to the subject in order to create this sense of connection between the subject and the viewer.
Try Photographing in Black and White. These types of photographs are both artistic and creative. Today, there are many notable portrait and fashion photographers that shoot in black and white.
Take Time to Learn About Lighting Techniques. Direct sun isn’t always great for shooting portrait photography because of it’s potential to cast harsh shadows on peoples’ faces, but overcast skies and late afternoon sun are better.
Get involved this summer at your local pet shelter in order to do something great in your community. There are so many ways to help out the local pet community including volunteering at the shelter for rescued animals. Animal shelters have estimated that they take care of 6-8 million dogs and cats each year in the US. Around 3 to 4 million of the animals are euthanized. Because there are no factual reports about how many are actually euthanized, so these are all estimates. During the 1970s, shelters had to euthanize around 12-20 million animals when there were 67 million pets in homes. Nowadays, shelters euthanize around 2.7 million animals while there are 135 million pets in homes. We have made progress from euthanizing 25% of the dogs and cats in the US to only euthanizing 3% of them. More progress can be made if we simply work on diminishing animal overpopulation.
The question we keep asking ourselves is why are there so many animals in shelters? This is mainly due to the problem of animal overpopulation when for example, owners relinquish their pets or pets are rescued from the streets and bring them to shelters. In order to prevent animal overpopulation within shelters, we need to encourage pet owners to be responsible pet owners by providing information and training on proper pet care. Another way to keep pet alive is to promote private citizens to volunteer in animal shelters as much as possible.
Below are some tips for how to begin volunteering at an animal shelter:
1. Find a shelter near you. Begin by searching Petfinder in order to find a shelter closest to your home. This way you can find a shelter by figuring out first where pets are up for adoption within your community. Get the shelter’s phone number.
2. Contact the shelter via phone or stop by. Drop into the shelter to learn more about how it operates and what the guidelines are for volunteers. Also, ask them if there are other ways to help the shelter besides volunteering in person.
3. Find out if you meet the requirements to volunteer if you are truly interested. If you are too young and the shelter tells you that you can’t volunteer because they don’t have tasks for you to complete, then this most likely isn’t true. Suggest that you can clean cages, make phone calls/ general office work, work on their social media, take photos of pets to put up on PetFinder, or even become a foster home for animals.