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A good photographic exercise to have an ongoing personal project. It could be cloud formations, flowers, sunsets, shadows, or patterns, etc.
My passion is photographing American flags. If the lighting is right and the wind is blowing, I’ll photograph a flag.
If the American flag is worn and tattered, I send a photo to the flag’s owner, whether it’s a governing body, school, civic organization or private business.
I have countless images of American flags and I post one or more on social media during every national holiday or specially designated day that celebrates veterans and American freedom.
-A common mistake people make when photographing small children, is that the picture taker doesn’t get down. And I don’t mean in a funky way.
When a photographer shoots down on any person – even if the subject is sitting – the downward angle causes distortion. Since I’m 6’1’’, I almost always hunch over, bend, kneel, squat, or sit on the floor or ground when photographing people, especially little children. (Not babies.)
While on an assignment, a little boy with a violin asked me to take his pictures. (Being photographed makes children feel special.) Although I was extremely busy, I made a couple exposures of the boy. It’s an undeniably cute shot but I should have kneeled, and he wouldn’t have appeared distorted.
When photographing Daisy Girl Scout Leza, I moved her out of the bright sun and into the shade, knelt and shot. Immodestly I say, it’s ultra-cute.
I shot with an 18-55mm lens from a few feet away. My camera was set on P (Program), ISO 400, and the flash was popped up.
As a rule – Note: all rules can be broken after you know what they are. – people should be photographed with the camera level with their mid-body.
When I must shoot children from a low angle, I sometimes get a few of the miniature humans to help me up. Ha!