Last week, the post was about what to avoid when shooting your wild things. If you missed it, you can find it HERE. This week, let’s talk about tools you should practice to avoid beginner’s mistakes. Some of these things I learned the hard way, some I’ve read along the way. Either way, if you keep some of these tips in mind next time you shoot, it will get you closer to capturing your wild thing’s story.
Here are my Top 5 Things to practice while shooting your Wild Things –
1. Practice Finding Your Story. Is the story: we were on the beach and there happened to be a baby? Or is it: Look at my baby on the beach! See the difference there? Decide what your story is (baby or beach?) and let the other be the background. And not too much background! Sometimes that background helps tell the story but most of the time it camouflages your Wild Thing so if its not enhancing the story – cut it out!
2. Practice Getting Closer. Fill the frame with at adorable face! If the background enhancing the story, you want just a bit of it (see above #1) but otherwise, get in close.
3. Practice Your Timing. Get to where you want to be when the light is flattering – Morning and Evening. Wild Things will almost always avoid looking at a camera in bright outdoor light. And even if they DO look, it will be a squinty face. So, trying to get them to look at you at noon sets you up for failure. I like to shoot my wild things in the morning when they’re fresh or in the evening when they’re a little slower from a busy day.
4. Practice Turning Your Back. There will be times when you have to shoot when it’s bright out. Instead of trying to get them to look towards the sun, move so the sun is behind them. If it’s high noon, find a tree or building for some shade. This may be a good time to learn to use your flash as fill to get rid of the raccoon eyes a high sun leaves on your darling’s face.
5. Practice Turning Off the Lights. Stop and take a second to look for the light. One way to make the natural light more dramatic is to turn off the indoor lights. So, open up those shutters & raise your ISO.
… those are my Top 5. Don’t worry, they’ll be more – Stay Tuned!