Blog #93 Photographic Technique

March 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Blog #93 Photographic Technique 

 

Here’s some food for thought while working on photography projects. Think of the following recommendations as like a wine pairing. Sure, you can have red wine with fish or white wine with steak, but the opposite usually works better, in general. 

The old adage that punishment should fit the crime might apply to the photography project here, but in a different (and not so painful) way. 

A subject matter will be best represented or presented in a specific type of manner. Images of a certain type tend to work better given that the technique is paired or matched well.  For example, here are ten examples to illustrate this point below. 

  1. Black and white 35mm film for street photography at night in a small town with little colour of interest on the streets [no neon signs here, boss]
  2. Smartphone color images for a family holiday at the beach
  3. Colour images using motion blur and a DSLR to shoot sports
  4. Old theatre and costume portrait images using medium format film or digital images made to look old with sepia toning done in post processing. 
  5. Colour fashion portraits with a Hasselblad medium format film camera and Kodak Portra 400
  6. A music concert or shooting images of a band in a bar at night with a mirrorless digital camera shot in colour then post-processed in black and white 
  7. Colour Instax film indoors with a flash on a holiday with family 
  8. A hike in scenic mountains with a 35mm camera, a wide angle lens (24mm or wider) and some infrared film. 
  9. Touring a new city with a small mirrorless camera a 35mm lens [or zoom] to make color travel images. 
  10. DSLR or Mirrorless camera for colour images of food for commercial and promotional usage such as printing. 

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So there are 10 suggestions for camera, lens, and film or digital applications.  I have personally used combinations like these in my personal and professional life as a photographer.  There are simply combos that work well or better than others.  Of course you can shoot everything with a smartphone, and any one of the combinations listed above.  However, if you prescribe to the Right Tool For The Right Job ethos as I do, you might find these suggestions helpful.  

Professional photographers have various gear for this very reason.  You sort of need a wide angle lens to shoot landscapes and a telephoto to shoot sports.  It just works better.  Try some various techniques. Your project idea should come first and then the gear should follow.  Of course you could do it the other way around, however, I think that the best results would result from the former approach. 

Good luck with you project and gear combo for the occasion. 

The light is always right. 

jhg

 

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*Images here are my own and from The Harbour School's performance of Bugsy Malone in The Grove Campus Black Box Theatre*

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