January 19th, 2013, 07:19 PM
Originally Posted by boid
January 19th, 2013, 09:08 PM
Ask her NOT to pose. talk to her while you're shooting. Tell her what a beautiful smile she has NATURALLY. The best smile people have is when they are relaxed and just about to laugh. That first one is GREAT. Her guard is down....the camera LOVES her. Let her know that you want to capture her the way she really is because that's the woman you love (and it may sound corny, but it's true.....and it will make her smile one of those REAL smiles that make all of us men crumble).
January 19th, 2013, 09:10 PM
oh yeah......also that X-E1 is spectacular even at ISO6400. So use it when she's twirling for the camera and you'll freeze the action instead of it being blurry.
January 19th, 2013, 09:39 PM
I would also add: don't use the eye-level viewfinder. It puts an unnecessary barrier between photographer and subject.
Nic (Canonite, Olympian, Panasonian, Samsunite) ~flickr~
January 19th, 2013, 10:59 PM
Love the blurry photo more. Doesn't matter if it's not sharp, you've captured the moment in that one.
January 21st, 2013, 09:24 AM
Thanks all for listening and responding to my frustrations! I have tried many of the techniques recommended (except Vogon poetry, I confess, even though I do know where my towel is...) but the one I think I need to pursue is the shoot until she is sick of me approach. Part of my problem is that Becky is herself fairly new to photography and finding her feet, her style and her confidence so I don't want to put her off or make her self-conscious when she is composing a shot of her own by having me breathing down her neck with my own camera...! I shall simply have to persevere
January 21st, 2013, 10:49 AM
Love the first pic, extreme blurriness and all !
How do I get them to relax ?? Simple... I outlast them ! I just stick around with the camera, and pretend to fiddle with it, making imaginary setting changes, and chatting my mouth off the whole time. Sometimes in working environment (where I have permission to shoot, of course), I'll just use the opposite technique and follow them silently until I become part of the place and they forget about me. After a while the guard comes down. An articulated screen and silent shutter sure helps !
January 22nd, 2013, 12:13 PM
I tried reciting that and subsequently had my poetic license revoked.\
Originally Posted by Boid
January 22nd, 2013, 12:53 PM
A bit easier to memorize than the (admittedly wonderful) poem: tell them you want one shot where they look serious or angry, and when they do, tell them to look even more serious or angry ('you can do better than that!') - right untill they can't help but laugh
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