Secret: It's not about the camera, it 's the eyes behind it.
Meet supa-supa (black) and nubbins (white). They are our new pets and cost a very little bit and came home with us in a shoe box. They are the happiest little creatures and have spent hours cuddling with three small boys and a very happy mama this past week.
...but today's post is not about the bunnies really. It is about photography. Now, first off, you must know that I love my husband. a lot. ...and I asked him permission to use these photos. ...and he is excellent at many, many things. However, he isn't a professional photographer and it shows. So he is my example today of what "not" to do.
So here is the scenario: After taking a couple photos of me and and the bunnies, I put the bunnies on this table (for the great wooden background) and asked him to snap a few shots of them. Here is the sequence:
One major problem is the angle of the photographer. Standing 6 foot and pointing the camera kind of down and towards the bunnies didn't do them any favors. Add to that the light hitting the bunnies in weird spots and the shadows falling across them and well...not so great.
I grabbed the camera, said thanks and did my own "snap, snap, snap". (Yes, all of these shots took a total of 10-15 seconds total -- these are bunnies, yo).
|This is around ISO 400 and exposure compensation is set at 0, lower than I normally keep it|
Let's talk about the composition of the photo though. Notice that I bent down on the rabbits' level, got in closer to them and focused on the rabbit closest to me. Notice that by bending down, the harsh sunshine falls behind the bunnies, not directly on them, eliminating almost all of the distracting shadows. Also notice how the arrangement of the bunnies in the frame draws you in with a diagonal line, focus on the front (black rabbit's eye).
For my second photo, I cropped in even closer and the white bunny jumped forward, allowing me to capture both of them on the same plane and get the white bunny sharper.
Sun is still behind the bunnies, focus is still on the black eye, but now the focus is good on the white bunny and the composition follows the rule of thirds a bit more closely. If I had a few more minutes before the bunnies tried to jump off the table, I would have gone somewhere in between the two shots to get all four ears squarely in frame, but ah well. Good enough!