Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Nick Kelsh Roadshow

The weekend before last, my sister and I went to the "Nick Kelsh Roadshow."

Nick Kelsh is known primarily for his children and family photography and has decided to start doing these sessions to give tricks of the trade to us professional photographer wannabees. As for the information, some of the stuff Kristin and I already knew, some of it was very basic and some was insightful. All in all it was a good morning and we were glad we went.

Here are some of the key {and very basic} ideas and hints that Nick touched on:
  • Eliminate clutter in your photos. Basically if it doesn't help the picture, it doesn't belong. Ask yourself if everything in the image is necessary or adding value?
  • Let your images tell a story.
  • Don't hit the edges...i.e. don't cut off someones head - it creates visual tension.
  • On faces, get close and fill the frame.
  • Turn OFF your flash. Natural light is ALWAYS better!
  • Don't let the background drive the image. Simple is good.
  • Think about composition: rule of thirds (google it if you don't know what it is).
  • Shoot a lot.
From there, Nick went on to discuss shooting in RAW (which is great if you have all the time in the world to edit), f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO settings, depth of field and techniques for "directing" pictures.

My one disappointment with the session was that we had sent in images for Nick to critique. As this was his first show, the time it took him to present went longer than expected. That said, we had to cut the critique session. I would have liked to hear his thoughts on the shots that my sister and I sent in but oh well! I have heard that he does this on his facebook page, so I may check it out there!

Hopefully, my photography skills will improve and I will be able to use some of the tricks of the trade that we learned! At least I have a cute little 2 month old model to practice on!!

Kristin and I with Nick Kelsh...excuse the fact that it looks like I had my wisdom teeth pulled that morning. WHY are my cheeks so fat?!?
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