I had so much fun showing the students at Marden how I photograph in a workshop I run. I did studio shots - my way of course. This scared me; I don't like the studio. Then we headed to where I feel comfortable. The kitchen, a makeshift outdoor studio and then locations around the college for portraits.
I also showed how I photograph in a kitchen, with working chefs and kitchen staff. How I photograph and style food on location without a stylist. How I photograph people on location with minimum equipment.
I wanted to inspire the students that it's not about the equipment you use, it's about your thought and vision. Think about what you want out of the photo.
What is the story? What emotions? What feel?
And then, what do you need to tell that story? Props or food alone? Perfectly presented food or half-eaten lifestyle look?
What about the background? Does it lend itself to clean and minimalist or textured and homely?
And look at the light. Where is it coming from, do you need to add more or reflect some back into the shadows?
This is what I focus on in Better Pics for Business and my workshops. How to get better photos with minimum equipment. The thought process and working natural light rather than styling a set.
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