study from other masters. look up the works of famous photographers and write down what you like about them. but never copy them one by one. always find something that you'd do differently, something that seems wrong to your eyes. this is the best way for learning. also try old painters, they are great teachers. or at least their paintings are.
Mhmm thank you very much for these advices. I think my major problem is not having ideas and concepts in mind. It's more that I don't have the basic knowledge about the technical things. I know it's best to deal with trial and error, but I was looking for some basic points you can always use - if you understand what I mean :/ I can't explain it very good, sorry...
Sometimes I have soooo many ideas in my mind and just can't realize them, because of the missing know-how.
i use leonardo da vinci, raffael and salvador dali for inspiration. they are the greatest masters of art and their work can teach you a lot about lighting and composition. leonardo's work inspires me the most when it comes to concepts - i have studied art history and know what most of his symbols mean. from their symbols, you can invent your own. also tarot cards - learn what the symbols mean and use some in your photos to get inspired.
i did three shoots with lotta djossou's jewelry in late august - each shoot was inspired by the jewelry. there were owls, bugs and butterflies. it was quite easy to tell the model "now stand between these two graves and give me the creepy owl face" or "put your hands up in the air as if they were your wings". objects help models with posing and are therefore very important.
about technical things... learn the golden spiral and study traditional drawing tutorials. invest in the 50mm lens and watch the wonders of the depth of field. iso 200 for daylight, 400 for shade. never shoot with noon day sun. golden hour takes place one hour before the sun sets or rises. learn the textures that nature offers. shoot in beaches and forests to get the most out of natural lighting. keep an eye open for details and compose the image in your mind before you press the shutter.
Oh I love Dali too... He inspires me a lot, because I love his surreal concepts so much. There are so many things that seem to come right out of a dream and seem to be real at the same time. I like this strange feeling I get when I look at his works ^^
I really like works with models that have a concept, means that the works are not only beautiful, but thought-out too. So I like a lot how you work. Objects, location, model ... Everything seems to fit together. I really hope I can persuade my cousin to try out some ideas I have in mind. I think I'm too shy to ask friends or free models, because I don't feel that professional. I fear that the technical things could stand in my way and I disappoint my volunteers :/ I know, this shouldn't be a reason and everything, but wuahhh ^^
I have a sigma 18-125 mm lense. Does it work for people/portrait photography too? I read a lot about the basics like what shutter speed is and everything. But I'm still confused about the coaction between the technical things and the real outcome. Of course practice makes perfect and you have to try things before knowing how everything works... But nevertheless, your basic rules helped me a lot Thank you And haha... It's not that easy xD I don't trust my feeling I guess and so, I think and think and think and the perfect shot is gone I'm a little perfectionist and block myself...
you should check out artists such as brooke shaden, gillyface, sarah ann loreth. their art is very inspiring, i think it's more than just simple photography. they do conceptual stuff, so it might be more of your thing.
i don't really think while i'm shooting... it comes naturally when it comes. it all depends on how i get on with the model. that's why it's easier to shoot your friends first when you can fool around and tell them to do stupid things. and it will look good in the end. if i only could, i would just keep working with the people i already know!
i am very shy too. it's sometimes really hard to shoot with people i don't know, but as you get to know them, they will open up more and you will have beautiful pictures. don't worry about not being professional. i had my first photoshoot in february 2011, that's like... 8 months ago? the improvement has been rapid. the same thing will happen to you.
and look, you can always show your friends this: [link] and promise you won't do anything similar. there are mistakes to be avoided, and girl, you have talent. just keep working on it. if you're afraid, shoot with auto. i do that. strings of sorrow was shot on auto. many of my good shots are the results of automatic shooting. it's not a bad thing.
actually, i still don't know what does what on my camera. when i shoot during the golden hour, i set the exposure between 60 and 100, while aperture is 5.6 [link] this is one example, it was shot during the last 30 minutes of setting sun and the light came through the trees from the other side of the river. if there were no trees, i would use exposure around 200, i think, and smaller aperture. [link] to get this kind of light, you have to place the sun rays carefully behind the object, usually so that like 50% of the sun is showing. usually you see it through the lens.
dear, any lens works for portrait photography. of course there are some very expensive lens which get better results (f1.2 lens for example) but really, any lens is good. this sigma is a nice lens. it is almost like my lens, only a bit better. this is where the photographer enters the game... it's not about expensive lens and cameras anymore, it's about the artist.
Ohhhh Brooke Shaden is awesome... They are all awesome xD Now I'm jealous like hell haha. Thanks for the advices, I visited the artist's website and they are really inspiring...
Your words really make me think optimistically, thanks I'm going to try out the things you said when I go out shooting with my cousin. We had one shoot last year and it was awesome. Everything went well, we had tons of fun. I only hope I improved a bit since last time, so the outcome will be much better...
I like especially the second example of yours. The light there looks amazing... I definetely will try this Thanks again for sharing your secrets ^^
Huh... I really really wish I had more time to try out the new things... :/ But uni starts again and irks... Mhmm sorry for my late reply, your message got lost in my inbox