|Macro in Kings Park WA ©Wayne Seow|
I switched off my politically correct button:
'Ok, outside on your next project. Do NOT come back inside with any bloody boring photographs'.
They looked shocked.
But it worked.
|From the RSPCA 'Here Boy' Calendar ©Dale Neill|
|'Fall in love with yourself' ©Dale Neill|
I aim for 80% acceptability (4 out 5 shots the client can buy). If you are an amateur or camera club photographer you also need to do a few shots like this for 'insurance'. They are little more than record photos. However many amateur and professional photographers never ever get beyond taking insurance shots. They are stuck in a rut. They are too scared to try being different or, heaven forbid, failing.
Switching your brain to creative mode you will fail a lot more. Hopefully, you will fail 90% of the time. Achieving 1 out of 10 shots while shooting creatively is a great result. You're onto a winner.
Change up a gear and you're into what In call edgy mode, taking extreme risks with camera, subject and interpretation. In 'Edgy' mode don't expect more than 1 shot out of a hundred to work out. But, when it does, you will have something outstanding. Something that will catch the judges' eyes and get elevated into the winner's category.
Five CREATIVE and EDGY Tips:
- Using auto-bracket with a +/- bias shoot a rapidly moving subject with metered exposure, plus four, minus four
- Panning with a moving subject on 1/15 second.
- Ask your portrait subject to fall in love with themself every ten minutes or so.
- Create a narrative using juxtaposition. That means using two people in a portrait with one in a more powerful position to create a story.
- Capture interaction between a person and pet. Use emotion.
|The narrative portrait ©Dale Neill|
Your chance to win $12000 if you have a creative or edgy portrait.
Entries close on Fri 21 August 2015.
All proceeds to charity - the Arthritis Foundation of Western Australia.
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