HOW TO TAKE CLOSE-UP PHOTOS OF FACES

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Why would you ever take a close-up of faces? The answer is simple. The part of the face is something that really shows off that person. That person will probably understand. If you told someone that they have the most beautiful eyes, and you asked them if you could take a picture of their eye(s), I think that most of the time they would say yes. Of course the other reason might be for medical reasons, but, we won’t get into that. Let’s concentrate on how to do these close-ups of faces.

Here is our list of what we need to do to take these type of photos:

  • Make Your Model’s Face Stand Out With Makeup or Face Paint.
  • Take Face Close Ups Using a Zoom Lens.
  • Use a Large Aperture for a Softer Focus.
  • Use Natural Side Light to Make Every Close Up Look Flattering.
  • Use Direct Light to Create Stunning Portrait Lighting Patterns.
  • Make Your Model’s Face Stand Out With Makeup or Face Paint.
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If someone has been working on their makeup to the point of perfection, then this is the time you want to get real close to the model. Of course, it helps if someone knows how to do makeup right. But, look how beautiful this photo looks. Can you see doing this with someone who is good at this?

Of course, at Halloween, doing an extreme close-up of a painted face is another perfect reason to do this. What do you think?

  • Take Face Close Ups Using a Zoom Lens.
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    When taking these type of close-ups, can you imagine the photographer getting within a foot of your face? Now that is not just good practice to take any picture of a face or portrait up close. Using a telephoto lens on your cell phone will allow you to be 6 to 10 feet away, and not make the model freeze up. Have respect for “space”.

  • Use Natural Side Light to Make Every Close Up Look Flattering.
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    Side lighting like this is fun to do. When the person first sees this type of photo of themselves, they almost always say “that’s way cool”. It’s a more modern type of portrait or face shot that is becoming more popular. You will see it quite often on black and white as well.

  • Use Direct Light to Create Stunning Portrait Lighting Patterns.
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    Photographing the person, when the light is directly in front of them, also creates dramatic pictures. Detail comes out that you don’t normally see. It’s a beautiful way to do faces.

    Here is a great example of a direct lighting close-up. There is just one thing I don’t like about this, and this is what you have to be careful of with direct lighting. That is the light spots that seem to show up on faces. Like the nose and the forehead. It’s a beautiful portrait, but, lighting is tough on this one. What do you think?

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    This is what we call a “Character Portrait”. Direct lighting, close-up, and maybe a smaller aperture to get “tack sharp” photos to accentuate the face’s wrinkles, beard, expressions, etc. This is one great way to use direct lighting. Love this kind of photo. Just shows deep into the soul of a person.

    LEARN HOW TO TAKE PICTURES OF “WILD ANIMALS”

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    This is another subject from the collection of 50 different photo subjects. Today’s subject is: “How to take photos of Wild Animals”. Now this has to be different than going to the zoo and getting photos of fat animals there. This would mean: Wild animals in the Wild. And there is a group of photographers who actually specialize in wildlife photography. Some risk their lives to get the photo they want.

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    The first thing I would tell you that to be a good wildlife photographer, you must have some specialized equipment, similar to that of a Sports Photographer. To get great photos of animals in the wild, you must be able to get a good photo of the wild animal from a distance. But, we are using our cell phones now. Check to see if you have a telephoto lens on your smartphone. If you do, this is the best way to get a good photo of wildlife. That way the animal is far from you.

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    LEARN THE ANIMALS SCHEDULE BEFORE YOU GO:

    A good photographer, if he or she wants to get great wildlife photos, will have studied a little bit about the schedule of the animals they wish to photograph. So, what time of day to they sleep? When is their “hunting” time? What will lighting be like at the time you go?

    Take a look at certain animals that may usually sleep during the day. If it is hot weather, even the animals don’t like to be out in the hot weather. So, is it best to take photos in the night? It might be. See what you would need to do to get photos at that time of night.

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    Are you prepared to take photos in the rain? A lot of wild animals are in the mountains, and rain can come and go a lot in the mountains. Prepare yourself for weather related issues. Some of the best photos of wild animals are in the rain, so keep that in mind in your preparations.

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    You can also go to the zoo, and try to create the effect of being out in the wild. Zoom in closer to the animals when you do this so you don’t get pictures of their cages, etc.

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    I have always enjoyed taking photos of animals in the wild. Some, I know, I have to keep my distance, because I want to be alive after I get that photo.

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    PHOTOGRAPH SOMETHING YOU HAVE NEVER PHOTOGRAPHED BEFORE:

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    The picture at the top is one subject of photography I have not done, or maybe have done when my children were younger. But, for me, doing sports photography is something I have never done before, seriously. So, I know what I need to do, and that is the point of this blog today: to challenge you to go out and take pictures of something you never have done before.

    What, have you never taken pictures of before? Wild animals, street photography, architecture (you can see I’m picking hard subjects), sports, etc. Could you do it if someone asked you? Let’s take a look at my personal subject: SPORTS!

    50 subject in photography! Some of these subjects make sense, but some are hard. Today’s subject is very subjectional. It’s on: Learning how to take photos of something you never have done before! Read and learn:

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    Thinking this through, what specifics would I want to use in taking pictures of sports? Let’s look at what we know:

    • Most sports activities are very fast moving?
    • Is the lighting favorable to stop action?
    • Big question: Do I have the right equipment to do this type of photography?
    • What angle is the best to get great photos?
    • Can I get to a place to get good photos?
    • Will I get injured if I am too close? (Really? How many photographers get injured?)
    • And finally, what kind of photos do I take? Action? Athlete portrait? Crowds reaction?
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    And then, the next thing I think about, with the above questions in my mind:

    • Can my cell phone take great photos of SPORTS?
    • Can I stop action with my camera?
    • Will I be able to get some close-ups of my athletes?
    • Should I try to get the reactions of some of the audience?

    These above questions are a bit more difficult to answer, unless you have a pro model smartphone camera. The pro models that are out there, have bigger lenses so you can zoom in on the athletes. Also, snapping the audience reactions will be easier if you have built-in telephoto lenses. I know my smartphone camera has the capability of shooting with a higher shutter speed. Do you know how to use these features?

    Check the instructions of your smart phone to make sure you can do what you want to do. If it’s not sports, maybe something different, these kind of questions might work for you as well.

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    In the next couple of weeks, we are going to have the Winter Olympics in China. Watch the photographers, and then notice the photos that come from these photographers. There is a lot to learn. But you can learn about how they frame the subjects, and at what point do they snap the pictures? Studying the works of other photographers, helps me, to learn about photographing something I have never done before.

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    Now, take a look at a subject that you have never done before. Ask the right questions, learn before you go what the conditions are, and then figure out what settings your camera should be on. One of the tough subjects is “portraits of men”. Could you do the same great job as the photo below? Of course you can. A lot of succeeding in photography is to practice, and if it doesn’t come out, try again, until you get it right.

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    LEARN HOW TO BE A “MASTER” AT TAKING PHOTOS OF CARS!

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    As we get get closer to finishing the list of 50 Subjects in Photography, the list is Getting more exciting. Even though this article was written for those who have serious photo gear, the smart phone user can certainly learn from this as well. There are a lot of smart phone photographers who take pictures of their car. Car photography can be fun, especially if you are a car enthusiast. Let’s go through this list of help items:

    1. Shoot at the right time of day

    This is by far the most common mistake people make when shooting cars.

    You see, the best time to do car photography is a few minutes after sunset (or a few minutes before sunrise). Use a tripod and get that perfect soft light on the paint.

    This photo was taken for Top Gear a few minutes before sunrise:

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    2. Be on the lookout for reflections

    You must carefully control what reflects in the car. Have a look around you, then look closely at the car and see what reflects off its surface.

    A car (especially a new, shiny one) is like a mirror. So try to have an open space behind you, like a field. Also, try to avoid shooting with buildings or trees in front of the car. One of the most important things you want to show in your car pictures is the design lines of the car. But reflections can spoil these lines very quickly.

    Also, be very careful not to include your own reflection in the photo. If you can’t avoid your own reflection, it’s best to put the camera on a tripod, set the timer, and move out of the shot. Just look at this photo I took of a dark shiny BMW 428i (below); behind me was nothing except the horizon. In fact, you can clearly see the horizon reflecting in the car:

    Car photography tips BMW428i

    3- TAKE DRIVING SHOTS:

    One very easy way to get a cool image is to shoot the car out of another moving car. (Please be super careful when doing this!) 

    By doing this, you’ll get some nice movement on the road and on the wheels. You can even decrease the shutter speed further, though this will increase your chances of ending up with blurry photos.

    This Audi S3 was shot before sunset; it was driving at 70 km/h (43 mph).

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    4- PAY ATTENTION TO THE COLOR OF THE CAR:

    All types of paint react differently at different times of the day with different light. Most colors hate direct sunlight, but some colors actually handle direct sunlight really well.

    Just look at this baby blue Beetle shot in the middle of the day:

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    5- CHOOSE YOUR BACKGROUND CAREFULLY:

    Make sure your background suits the car and the theme. Avoid including objects in the background that will distract the eye.

    Things like dustbins, power lines, and other cars can kill a picture. For this Aston Martin shot (below), I used a simple background. The yellow paint matches the car’s color:

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    6- PAN FOR MOTION BLUR

    A cool way to get some motion in your car photography is to stand next to the road and let the car drive past you.

    Follow the car with your smart phone in one smooth action, and You will be amazed by how easy this is!

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    7- LET THE CAR INTERACT WITH NATURE:

    Here’s another way to capture a photo that speaks to you:

    Make the car interact with its surroundings.

    Examples of this could be a car creating dust or a 4×4 driving over an obstacle. Look at this Chevrolet Trailblazer climbing over a rock:

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    And this G-Class AMG drifting on loose sand:

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    8- SHOOT AT NIGHT:

    Photographing cars at night might sound daunting, but you will be amazed by how easy and awesome it is! The biggest secret here is to find a spot where it’s completely dark; any streetlights or even a full moon could make life tricky.

    Once you’ve found the right spot, set up your camera on a tripod. Yes, they make a tripod for smartphones.

    When the shutter opens, take a strong constant light source and walk around the car, “painting” it with your light. A normal household flashlight works for this.

    There are no rules here. Paint the car in different ways to get different effects, and you will be blown away by the results! Here are some examples of this technique:

    Car photography tips Opel Astra
    Dodge Charger with the skyline of Detroit City

    CONCLUSION:

    Car photography may seem difficult, but with these handy tips, you’re well-equipped to take some stunning car photos of your own.

    This article written by Desmond Louw for DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL ! For further information go to: https://digital-photography-school.com/

    As per these instructions, I took a photo of my sons’ Mustang, and it appears that the guidelines were followed well:

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