Matthew Wren www.mattwrenphotography.com.au
Tips from the photographer:
Photography is all about the light, and yes, here it was a terrific sunset on a nice warm day at the beach. Getting a nice photo at this time of day can be a little like shooting fish in a barrel – so it’s important to go those extra steps to create something really memorable.
Here, I didn’t pose the kids I was photographing, I just let them run around and be kids. It’s up to me to move about and get the shot. While it sounds haphazard, there’s actually a lot of planning involved. Firstly, as the kids are moving, you need to keep your shutter speed up, or they’ll be really blurred. But too high, and you freeze everything – and you lose a sense of movement in the photo. I settled on 1/250th, as it allowed hair and fast moving limbs to be a little blurry which turns the photo into a verb, it’s somebody doing something.
Next is focusing, you need to set the camera to servo mode, so it tracks your subject – this means that if they move away or toward you – the camera will keep focusing to account for this. It’s also handy if you’re moving too!
And don’t be afraid to break a few rules...who says you can’t shoot into the sun? Who says the child’s face has to be in the shot? By breaking these two rules, I’ve injected emotion into the image, and ensured it’s not just another sunset with a child in the photo.
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Tips from the photographer