Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1496 (1:17:30)

Chris Marquardt

Chris joins us today to talk about what you should or shouldn't include in your pictures. Chris just finished holding a weekend workshop in front of tech-inclined people. He talked about how to put a picture together, and how to decide what to include in your photographs. Technology will help you do a lot, but it can't make those kinds of decisions for you. Once you figure out what to include in your photo, you have to make a decision on where to put it in the photo. Would going wide-angle make it easier or more difficult? It might be harder to determine what is important in the photo. Chris breaks down the things to keep in mind when shooting a photo:

1. What should you include? Photos tend to be more interesting when there are living things in it.

2. How do you space things in the photo? Think of several things in the photo that you want to have included, and then think about how they should relate to each other. Side by side or overlapping. Think of a group of people. If there are a bunch of people, but they aren't overlapping visually at all, they will look like individual people who aren't together. But if they overlap in the picture, they will be one group. Spacing between things is a key concept in how it will be perceived. If there are similarities between people, like if they're wearing the same thing, they will be perceived as a group even if they aren't overlapping visually.

3. Lines and angles. How do you place the camera? Straight or at an angle? If you want a tidy photo, keep the photo straight. If the photo has skewed lines, there might be more tension in it. It will convey a different feeling. On the topic of adding tension, you can add tension to a photo by placing something that's moving toward the edge of a frame. Not knowing what's in front of the subject and what it is moving toward will add the feeling of tension. Tension isn't always the right choice, however. It depends on the setting.

Don't forget our current assignment - "Hand". Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Hand" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Hand" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!