Club Photography Preview 2
Timing: Now let’s talk about timing. Timing can simply make the difference
between an average shot and a perfect shot. In a club or party atmosphere,
things are always moving (as compared to landscape photography). Great timing
will capture the energy, emotion or feeling at that moment. As long as you’re
pulling the rest of your elements together, timing is a feature that will truly
put the cherry on top (show ie.). It is when you capture the right shot at the
exact perfect moment, often being a split second itself. Effective timing is
great in capturing emotion. So how do you perfect your timing? Through
experience and practice. It will take years to hone this intuitional skill.
Often you should catch yourself and know that you missed a great shot by a
second or two. This kind of self-critique is important because it helps you to
be sharper and more right-on the next time around.
Try to feel out the peak emotional level of feedback from the people and capture
emotion at its height.
Composition: take a look back at our 50 examples (stay tuned for availability)
and take your time and browse through them again. Look at what works. The best
way is perhaps to show you. As you look through these shots, you want to start
thinking as a producer yourself; someone who proactively captures and
immortalizes the emotion of event; someone who brings something new into the
world. You want to make photographs “interesting”. So many crowd shots are just
plain boring and can look the same anywhere. Use our light capture technique and
you can start making it a little more interesting. Try this without a flash too
on a 2 second shutter speed (hold the camera as still as possible or with a
It is so important to develop your eye. Everywhere you go you can be thinking
“that would be a great shot, I wish I had my camera”! I do this ALL the time. I
will actually have my mind take a “shot” of everything at that moment when I
know everything is lined up just right. This helps me to develop my eye even
though I won’t recall that particular shot I am developing the sense of an
aesthetic state of mind that will seek out composition and beauty everywhere I
go and I will KNOW when I have a great shot or not. You want to at least get to
this level where you know what would be great shots and you have your camera
there to capture.
Or if I have my camera with I’ll just shoot away knowing that I’m using digital
and can dump it onto my computer and clear out the memory chip. I took 700
digital shots on the Bahamas/Miami/North Carolina trip that I went on in March
‘03. I took 300 pictures of Paulo’s kids! Imagine how guilty you’d feel if it
was film! But because it was digital, yeah; just go crazy with it because it
will help develop your eye. Always keep looking. The greatest photographers know
that there is always more beauty to capture in the world and that beauty can be
in the eye of the beholder.
Once you develop this aesthetic sense for composition on a habitual level,
you won’t be able to stop producing, you’ll truly have the “photographer’s bug”.
You’ll be in situations where you’ll be kicking yourself and just itching for
your camera because of the opportunities you missed. Standing up in my brother’s
wedding I was just itching and twirking at all the photo ops I was missing but I
had my camera nearby to capture the rest of the even and reception. This is
So, if you are a beginner that is how you want to be thinking if you are at all
serious about photography for your own personal or professional benefit. Also
don’t expect people to pay you until you really are good. You need to give in
order to receive. In order to give or offer the quality that people will pay
for, you’re going to have to devote some time and effort into it. There’s no
other way around it. But with consistent commitment you’ll be fine.
This Manual isn’t a shortcut for experience itself, it is a guideline to help
you start working everything in your favor as you start working it.
Top photographers and cinematographers are in demand everywhere and people will
pay for their services because they have developed their state of mind through
experience in all three of these elements. They take that state of mind with
them everywhere they go and can pick up any camera and produce beautiful
results. Start with great equipment is going to get you going in the right
direction but doesn’t mean perfect photographs, but if you get things going and
follow some solid advice, you’ll get there.
Photography is an adventure with every photo-opportunity a new chance to capture
and represent human emotion or life as it is or as it should be. After a while
you’ll be proud to be a photographer (producer) and won’t even be ashamed of
being in public with cameras because you’ll always have hard proof of any event
and at best; they’ll just have memories. You have the tools to truly represent
any situation you come across. It’s a beautiful thing.
To check out Orion's extensive work
as a club photographer visit ClubCast.Tv
Or check out the gallery for his
Club Portfolio (included in the 2,000+ Images CD when
you order the Photoshop
- Orion Williams copyright 2004
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