Different than typical street photography, capturing images at protests or rallies often allows the photographer to get up close and personal with their subjects, who expect more media attention than usual as they try to raise awareness. This image taken by Victoria Pickering features a rally member outside of the Supreme Court, while the voting rights case Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute was argued in the court. Although the subject’s face is covered, Victoria makes direct eye contact with the individual, capturing stark emotions of uncertainty and concern.
Photographing on a foggy day can be tricky for any photographer, as the air is full of water particles that redirect light rays across a landscape. However, this image by Mark Alan Andre demonstrates that when done well, photographing in such conditions can produce an ominous and alluring image. To do this, one must not be afraid to experiment with various aspects of their shooting process such as playing with longer exposure times as well as using a tripod or shooting handheld with a higher ISO. Great job, Mark!
In this image, Joe Flood does a great job of framing his subject. The central framing of the extended ladder draws the viewer’s eye, guiding it up the length of the building. The angle of the camera appearing closer to the ground as opposed to eye-level exaggerates the perspective of the image providing a greater sense of depth. Experimenting with one’s perspective can freshen up your artistic style and result in a satisfying visual product.
Mike Maguire does a fantastic job of manipulating light to create an abstract image where the viewer still gets a sense of the time of day and outdoor landscape. Maguire took this photograph with a 1950s Kodak Signet 40 pocket camera that he purchased on eBay for $11. This photograph just goes to show that no matter the quality of the equipment a knowledgeable photographer can still produce a quality image!
Great shot by Carol Jean Stalun of the supermoon, rising over the Potomac River on January 1, 2018! A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest point to our planet; this proximity presents photographers with a great opportunity to capture it on camera. Since a full moon rises at the same time that the sun sets, a photographer can capture a partially day-lit landscape and a stunning sunset/sunrise composition with the moon. To get the clearest and most crisp photograph I suggest using a sturdy tripod, a high-resolution camera, and a remote shutter release. For more information and tips, check out our interview with photographers discussing their experience with night sky photography.