As someone who has spent time in front of the camera, and even more time more behind it, I can attest to the powerful reluctance that many men feel when being photographed. There is an intimacy that takes place when posing for a camera, and most men are naturally uncomfortable with such closeness with a stranger.
With the explosion of wireless technology, online selling and shopping has become a multi-billion dollar industry whose currency is photography. Product photos advertise everything imaginable, from guitars to electronics to clothing. As new standards of visual advertising become mainstream the demand for ever-more-impressive images continues to grow.
No matter what type of photography you specialize in, sooner or later you’ll be asked to photograph a large group of people. Before you snap away however, it’s best to remember some guidelines that apply to this particular style of photography.
Many photographers who shoot portraits use a small number of favorite locations out of habit, returning again and again because they know they’ll get good results. Yet no matter how much we might enjoy our go-to locations, sooner or later we all crave a fresh look. Why not inject energy and life into your portraits by seeking new locations?
Right now thousands if not millions of people are busy taking photos. Among these legions, the professional photographers stick out not just because of the large amount of gear weighing their necks down. A distinct and unusual body language also helps to identify them in a crowd.
When you think of background stands, if you think about them at all, what likely comes to mind is how useful they are for doing one thing very well: supporting a roll of seamless paper or a muslin backdrop for your shoot. However, there are many other valuable uses these simple tools have to offer.
With millions of people shooting every day, it can be tempting to suggest that now everyone’s a photographer. Which means that professionals have to endure a peculiar set of beliefs and comments coming at them when they’re hired to do a shoot.
Some outdoors locations make excellent subjects for photography by themselves. Yet they also make beautiful backdrops for portraiture. As long as the weather permits an outdoors shoot, natural backdrops are available almost anytime and anywhere.
Savage Universal offers a unique backdrop called Translum that gives photographers perhaps the most useful material available for making white backdrops. That’s because Translum not only works great in this regard but also happens to be a photographer’s best friend when it comes to transforming light.