Bugging You

BuggingYou

The more I photograph kids and family life the more I enjoy it. The trick is to be prepared for the unexpected moments. Such was the case with this shot.
In a child’s world, imagination can turn the ordinary into something amazing, and for the onlooker, amusing.
I cannot be certain if the intention was to look like a bug, but that is what it looked like to me. Was fortunate to have the camera and lens suitable for the moment in my hand.

(Olympus OM-D E-M 5 with 45mm f/1.8 shot Black and White mode in camera and edited slightly with Snapseed to brighten up the image.)

Capture Character

Sometimes even if an image is not 100% correct from a technical perspective, it can still capture the essence of your subject’s character. When such a thing occurs, it makes an emotional connection and brings the image to life and meaning in the eyes of those who behold it, knowing the subject personally.

The above image is such an example. Having a wildly creative imagination, this boy – taking a break from his school work for just a moment – looks up, almost as if he is looking into his own mind to escape the mundane task at had, if just for a minute.

While the image may lack precise focus on the eyes and the superior sharpness that some demand, it captures the essence of this child and his character to my mind.

(Shot with Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 75mm f/1.8. Eyefi card to Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and share online.)

Lower Your Perspective

LookingUp

Perhaps the biggest change you can make to your images of people is getting to know them or see their world a little more the way they do. When photographing children taking pictures at their eye level is highly beneficial.

This picture has a totally different feel thanks to applying this approach. Having a camera with a flip out screen can help with that a lot. I often find this way of shooting far more discreet as well allowing moments which would end the minute the subject noticed I was raising a camera to my eye.

(Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 45mm f/1.8)

Pretending To Sleep

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Sometimes we over complicate things. I think that is why I have been moving back to simply shooting black and white.
I took this image in both colour and in black and white. At the time I really thought that the red and cream stripes of the couch would contrast nicely with the dark navy golf shirt that makes up the school uniform but in the end I was wrong. Well, that is my view at least.

Unexpected Expression

Moms Eye on Pizza Boy

Perhaps one of the most important lessons to learn early on in your photography is to pay attention to the background.

Often in a moment of great excitement we snap an image only to look at it later and see light pile protruding out of someone’s head. On occasion the result can be humorous but that is the exception and not the rule.

I would venture to say that after you have mastered colour and exposure of an image to match what you see, the next biggest contributor to a moment not appearing in the still image in the same way you experienced, it is the lack of attention background when taking the image.

Sometimes though, the decisive moment happens in the background. That was the situation in this image at least. While I was trying to capture the boy enjoying his pizza, I did not notice at the time Mom’s reaction in the background. It made the image for me at least.