When Posing Men

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When photographing men in formal surroundings tell them what to do with their hands and no I don’t just mean keep them to themselves!

Most guys can deal reasonably well with how to act or behave in a formal setting such as a wedding, party or even corporate event.

Of course there will always be exceptions and that’s why wedding planners have “that table” way up the back of the room!

What most men have great difficulty with is posing formally for photographs within those types of settings.

As the photographer in situations such as those you hardly have time to spend hours working with them to get a pose that conveys some sort of natural ease.

In the absence of clear directions a sort of nervous hysteria will begin to set in resulting in them either striking some kind of silly pose or worse still, reverting to Neanderthal behavior and scratching their nether regions.

The quickest way to get good shots is to at least tell them where you want them to place their hands.

Generally speaking if you can get their hands handled for them, the rest will fall into place.

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In Candid Photography the Keys Are Persistence and Quantity

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Shoot Often and Keep Shooting.

Cartier Bresson was the king of candid photography.

He would sometimes scout a location for days before he even took a shot.

You may not have the time or inclination to do that but what you can do is look around to observe your environment and thanks to digital cameras, take a mountain of shots.

Persist, you will strike gold eventually.

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Use Image Editing Software As A Last Resort… for a while at least.

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Try to use photo editing software as rarely as possible until you have a clear understanding of the abilities and limitations of your camera.

Although there are always things you can do to improve or even save a shot in software it can lull you into a kind of laziness with the act of photographing itself.

The final result of this will be a stunting in your development as a photographer (although you will probably get pretty good with the software!) and ultimately you will hit the wall creatively.

You will find yourself unable to really “get” that shot you want because you haven’t progressed technically or creatively with the camera in the first instance.

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Dealing With Wildlife Photography

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Spend time studying the species and habitat you’re shooting.

Especially Kids, they Move Around a Lot!

Try to visualize the shot or type of shot you want to get.

Then observe your prey carefully within it’s natural environment.

When the time is right… fire!

If you miss, pretend to your quarry that you got the shot you wanted and lull them back into a false sense of security.

Begin the stalking again.

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The unseen Red Rum – in pictures

After Red Rum’s second Grand National victory in 1974, Jeremy Hoare was invited by trainer Ginger McCain to meet and photograph the legendary racehorse at his Southport Yard. Over the course of the year he took around 600 images of the greatest racehorse of the 20th century. A selection of

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OWC launches ThunderBlade external SSD: up to 8TB with 2800MB/s speeds

Media professionals in need of a fast, reliable, and high-capacity external SSD have a new option in OWC’sThunderBlade. This external drive, which has started shipping to customers, is offered in 1TB to 8TB capacities with up to 2,800MB/s read speeds and 2,450MB/s write speeds. According to OWC,

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Whenever Possible Shoot Using a Tripod or, BE the Tripod

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No this isn’t a lesson in method acting.

Obviously there are many situations where using a tripod is simply impractical but…

It is a good idea to always think of stabilizing the camera at least in some way if possible.

The greater the zoom you are dealing with, the greater the compensation you are making for low light the greater the possibility that camera shake will enter in.

If you can’t use a tripod or monopod then try to make yourself into one.

Lean against a wall or even lock your elbows against the side of your body.

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