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Top Tips

Here you will find a whole range of Top Tips around photography, either for yourself or for preparation for a shoot from, family portraits, headshots, what to do when someone points a camera at you, or to, do it yourself product photography-Daryl Gordon.

Make eye contact

What’s that old saying?
The eyes are the windows to the soul.
Or look me strait in the eye.

If you’re trying to make a beautiful portrait of somebody then 90% of the time you want them to look straight down the camera lens to make eye contact with you and therefore  the eventual viewer of the portrait. It just works, it’ll turn a good portrait into a strong portrait.

Of course there is always the exception to the rule, which I’ll cover in another blog.

 However for now try it out next time you’re photographing somebody, get them to look off camera and then ask them to look straight down the lens and see for yourself the dramatic difference that eye contact can make to your portraits

Happy snapping-Daryl Gordon
“Natural Family Photography”

five top tips for headshots

Tis the season for head shots here’s the my top 5 tips for headshots
1.Go pro. Spend the money. It’s worth it. Go to a professional, who is trained, understands lighting, and takes head shots for a living, not some friend who happens to have a decent camera who “sorta knows a little about photography.” Save those pictures for Instagram, and leave the head shots to the pros.
2. Go for personality over glamour. Make sure it looks like you. Chill with the airbrushing. Clients expect you to look just like your headshot, and will not be happy when you show up looking totally different, or 10 years older. It’s not about looking pretty; it’s about representing your type, age wrinkles included. It should look like you on your best day, showing your age, and who you are now.
3.It’s all about the eyes. It’s all about the eyes and what’s happening behind them. It’s your close-up, your moment. Your eyes should be perfectly in focus, alive, and energised, A good headshot photographer knows how to bring this out in you.
4.Clothing and props. I once saw a headshot of a guy with a bird on his head. Why? Because he wanted to stand out. Let’s not get crazy here. Keep it simple and classy, and follow the standard format. Professionalism gets you noticed, not desperation. Leave the “statement” shirts at home. A simple, solid colour shirt with a little texture that fits you well and matches your eyes should do the trick. No whites, and no graphics or anything you think might distract from your face. Bring a change of jacket, top or tie so that you can get some different looks.
5.On location vs. studio. Some photographers do both, because each offers a different look and feel. On location gives a very real look, perhaps behind your desk, in your boardroom or on your factory floor. Studio lighting tends to be a little more polished, with a more neutral backdrop. Both can be wonderful.

Unscripted Moments

I photograph a lot of families, in a lot of different locations, the one thing I’m always on the look out for is the unscripted candid moment.
They happen naturally without any communication with the photographer.
The key is be ready, your focus has to be everywhere at once, always keep an eye on whats happening around you.
I’ll often brief mums and dads and let them know that if the kids run off and start playing randomly to let them go as this can provide a fantastic opportunity to get those fabulous shots.
Here’s another quick top tip… this is a tip that was passed onto me when I first started out a long long long time ago.. shoot first get the shot, worry about settings and composition if you get the chance, seems obvious right and it is the trick is to do it. I’ve been shooting with people when something amazing is happening and I see them trying to adjust there camera and ultimately miss the shot so shoot first think about it later.-Daryl Gordon

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