This image was taken by photographer Lorie Shaull at The Poppy Memorial, a temporary memorial located on the National Mall. Taking photographs of young children like this can be very unpredictable as they are constantly in motion and difficult to direct. One way to work with this obstacle is to get out of the studio and let them roam free and see what happens! Also, like Lorie, try shooting your photographs from the child’s level. Shooting from a lower angle gives the viewer the opportunity to see the world from the child’s perspective. Thanks for sharing such an adorable shot, Lorie!
What a great image captured by Shamila Chaudhary at the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan. Interior lighting can be tricky, and Shamila does a great job of using the light that is available to show off the ornate wallpaper of the room while also guiding our focus to the two figures. When shooting photographs indoors, you are often looking for soft lighting; take advantage of any natural light that is available from windows or skylights.
Photos can convey a lot of different emotions—loneliness, courage, frustration, excitement, for example. But being able to capture and preserve a moment of joy is something truly spectacular. In this image, Lorie Shaull memorializes the smiling face of this young member of Greenbelt’s S.I.T.Y. Stars Jump Rope Team, at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade this past weekend. You will not always be able to predict such moments of happiness, so you might want to keep a few things in mind. When it comes to your point of view, think outside the box! In this photo, Shaull is at a low position capturing her subject in action. Also, the brightness and bold colors of the subject’s outfit and the background of the image bring out the joy in the image much more than muted tones would. Thanks for sharing, Lorie!
This image is not your typical cherry blossom season photograph but what a great long exposure shot taken by Kevin Wolf at the Tidal Basin! He maximizes the long exposure by combining the stillness of the cherry blossom trees with the movement of passersby. When taking shots like this, it is best to use a tripod for maximum stability as well as a timer or wireless remote so that you do not shake the camera. The main setting you will have to play with is the shutter speed, which is the length of time your camera shutter is open, and this will vary depending on how fast your subject is moving. A slower shutter speed may mean lowering your ISO and using a smaller aperture to get the proper exposure.
For all our bird watching aficionados, check out Mike Maguire‘s photo taken at the Georgetown Waterfront! Mike does a great job of isolating his subject and eliminating elements that could detract from it. Using a vintage Canon 200mm lens, he captures the softness of the bird’s feathers and the detail of its pattern. It is quite challenging to get up close to a bird without them flying away, so having a longer focal length lets you photograph birds from farther away. Additionally, a greater focal length enables you to create a more blurred background, putting emphasis on the subject. Thanks for the excellent nature shot, Mike!