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Picture Perfect — How to Shoot Like the ProsContext Is Key: Beyond the Frames of Famous PhotosWe are all familiar with famous photographs of celebrities, artists, and athletes that show them in all their glory. But have you ever wondered what was going on behind the scenes? Artist Hannah Rothstein shows us that there is a story behind every image — just not the story you imagined...Check out the tutorial below, where you’ll learn some of the skills used in the original powerhouse photos. Or you can really channel your inner Ansel Adams with an in-depth photography course, which breaks down the techniques used by famous photographers.
Not everyone can have the golden shutter skills of Annie Leibovitz or Robert Doisneau. But even if photography isn't your forte, there are a few simple tips you can follow to make each photo you take have maximum impact with minimal effort. Using the famous photos featured in the art above as examples, these tips will get you on the road to radder photos in no time.
  • Claim the
    Whole FrameNo matter what your subject is, it needs to dominate the space. Instead of making Dali's face a small dot on a big background, the photographer got up close and personal with his subject, creating a photo that really grabs the attention.
  • In with
    the NewIn this classic photo, Ansel Adams shares a rare (at the time) image of a pine in Yosemite. Seek out the unnoticed and unusual as a subject for your photos. If you’re taking a shot of something ordinary, make your angle, composition or approach extraordinary.
  • Play
    with PatternsCreate repeated motifs within your photo’s frame. In the Abbey Road photograph, a proliferation of triangular shapes gives the image a whimsical quality and a striking visual presence. The uniformity of the stance of the Beatles and the stripes in the street add visual interest and cohesion. (Need more proof? Check out the blinds in Hepburn photo.)
  • Compose CarefullyThe Rule of Thirds is used to create dynamism and energy in otherwise static images. This classic rule of composition breaks the frame into a 3x3 grid. Here, Adams’ image places main focal points at the intersection of the tri-part grid. Follow this guideline in your photos, and you’ll greatly up your photography ante.
  • Heads Up!When working with portraits, keep the faces toward the top of the frame, as exemplified in the Hepburn portrait. Placing heads at the top of the image uses space efficiently and draws our focus to the most engaging part of the image, the face.
  • Don't
    Say Cheese! The Dali and Hepburn photos demonstrate how intriguing an image can be when its subject isn’t captured with the obligatory smile. Candid expressions have power. See if you can capture your subjects in an authentic state.
  • Keep
    Backgrounds BasicWhen you cut out background visual noise, your focal image becomes stronger. How eye-catching would this Phelps photo be with lane buoys and spectators? What would the Dali image look like against a bookshelf or messy art studio? Part of what makes these photos stand out is the unity of the dominant image.
Photography Tutorial and Illustrated Photography developed by Hannah Rothstein for UdemyArtist Bio:
Hannah Rothstein creates. Born with a contagious can-do attitude, Hannah tackles art through a limitless list of mediums. 98.921% of the time, her work focuses on finding clever, humorous ways to look at ordinary objects and ideas. Hannah currently lives in San Francisco. She has partnered with Udemy to share her creativity and in the Udemy spirit, teach others to do so as well. You can learn more about her work here.
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Timestamp: Wednesday, Apr 8 2015