This, taken at a School of Imaging workshop I taught the other day, is a snapshot of a volunteer the way Uncle Fred takes them:

What is wrong here? Well if this is meant to be a portrait of the lady looking at us, rather a lot:

  • The subject is in the middle
  • Uncle Fred shoots horizontal only
  • Uncle Fred shoots from 5.5′ above the ground only

Instead of doing this, try to turn the camera 90 degrees, get close, shoot from teh subject’s level. You now get:

Simple, no?

A 50mm prime lens (a “fixed” length lens) will make this way. And note, I shot that at 3200 ISO in a dimly lit classroom. Yes, it can be done.


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