This lagoon is part of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife. I took this picture using my pre-owned SLR camera in 1990 or earlier as part of subject requirement in Photo Journalism. The park has improved through the years, you can check the history and updated photo through this link here.
Taking a picture of a person might seem like it would be easy to do, but the final results could leave your subject with red eyes or a bright light behind them that prevents you from seeing what the person looks like. Although being a people photographer can be challenging and even frightening at times, there are a few tips that you can follow to ensure that you capture the best images.
Check your camera to ensure that it’s in the proper mode when you take pictures. There are some that allow for more depth when you take pictures while others are better at capturing details from a closer viewpoint. If you’re taking pictures of one person, consider using a wider lens so that you can blur out the background. This will allow the focus to be on the person. When you’re taking pictures of a group of people, you want to use the focal plane so that one person doesn’t get left out because of a blurred image.
A longer lens is an option to consider that will make the people in your pictures look thinner while bringing out the best features of everyone. It can also blur the background so that the people are prominent instead of the buildings, trees, and other details. If you’re trying to capture part of the background with the people in the picture, then you want to use a wider angle. Keep in mind that the fine details of the people in the picture won’t be as prominent, which means that the results might not be ideal for portraits. This kind of photography is commonly used when taking pictures of weddings and other large events as you want to try to capture the full scene at times instead of only the people at the event.
Photojournalism was part of my curriculum in college. For one semester or five months to be exact, we were taught how to hold and load films in camera; the opening and speed needed for a certain subject to shoot. Our professor who also taught the same subject in another state university was good at giving lectures about photography, I wish I was able to record her lectures the whole time. But you know what, she could have taught us to shoot more, to use our camera frequently or expose us to the real world of photography. I don’t have my old camera with me now and did not pursue photography either. But given the opportunity, I would take up short courses to learn more about cameras and learn techniques to shoot better pictures. Well, it’s never too late to learn anything. I just needed to manage my time and yes, I need funds to realize my dream.