Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eyes tell the Story

Red Hat Society Members out and about town in their bright colors, often cause a stir.  If they aren't taking pictures of each other, they are being asked by a curious public to have their picture taken!  The Society’s Red Snappers and Digital Dames love making us look our Royal best in every picture.  Whether taking the picture or being in it, here are some helpful hints to give your pictures punch!

Have some fun!
The best photographs usually aren't those where everyone is standing posed for the camera.  Let’s see some action.  Show those smiles, the hugs, the silly poses: just be yourself!
Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.
Our eyes tell the story.  Make sure that everyone’s eyes are visible.

Light it up.
Take the pictures in good lighting; sunshine is usually the best, but warm indoor lighting works, too.  Keep the brightest light behind the camera.

Include a Focal Point.
Group photos really make an impact and so do ones with a focal point.  A focal point such as a sign, a skyline or menu shows the viewer where you are, what you were doing and will be recognizable even years into the future.  

If you like to do videos, much of the same advice applies.
  • If you miss the eyes, you will miss the story. 
  • Remember to have the light at your back. 
  • Use your video camera like a still camera – don’t wander; just point, shoot and stop! Then repeat. 
  • The best advice is to keep your video short.  If it’s three minutes or more, cut it by two-thirds.

Last but not least, don’t forget to occasionally step out from behind the camera and get in the picture, too!

The Red Hat Society welcomes you to learn more about us.    Come to the next RHS International Convention, the Speedway Sparkle. We’d love to see you there! Bring your camera. Make a few memories.  Join us; you’ll be glad you did.  

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