Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tricks of the Trade

It's a photographer's responsibility to make the subject look great. Sometimes when you're rushed, you tend to forget that. I watched a photographer today take group head shots. The subjects were fidgeting and unaware of the lighting effects. The photographer took control - turning shoulders, stepping people back, reminding them that they'd be able to go to lunch more quickly if they just relaxed and listened. Amazingly, these three CEOs did just that.

You only get once chance to get the shot right and the only person you do a disservice to when you don't take control is yourself. When you've overlooked important details - such as getting everyone's ties straight, shirts down, etc. - it's up to you to make it right. The benefit of spending a few extra minutes when you're taking the shot is avoiding hours of post-processing.

Luckily this past Sunday I was able to get most of the shot right - even lightening across the band members so that the overall post-processing took less than an hour. Can you spot the details that I missed when I shot the photo and the polish I added?