Every vacation, school concert, awards ceremony , religious event or family get together … we take pictures. Sometimes they’re funny or blurry or maybe they’re incredibly solemn. But everyone of them may one day be priceless.
The subject of these pictures are of course … the people in them. Actually it might be your cat or car or cow .. but they’re the subjects of the picture.
One way to improve these images is to include the environment. You’re at the fair, show the ferris wheel in the background, at the Grand Canyon or in Paris step back / zoom out and show the place. It adds to the story that your pictures tell. You were there, you experienced it and you captured a picture of how cool it was.
But then there are times when you can add some interest or value by including a sign or something that helps explain the picture.
Your spouse or child is speaking or performing at an event – show the crowd, signage, the massive room. If we only get that close up shot we soon forget how epic the night was.
And then there’s theater – the sets, the signage, the costumes and the performance.
Zooming out allows us to see complimentary staging and props that add to the picture of the actor(s).
Of course we all zoom in for that portrait, but there is more to the picture that you may also want to capture.
Dan Busler is a professional portrait, performance and event photographer with studios located south of Boston in Walpole MA. You can see more of his work at http://www.danbuslerphotography.com