This month's challenge is for you to go out and "shoot from the hip."
I mean this literally. Holding the camera at hip height gives a fresh perspective to shooting people and catching candid moments. You don’t just have to shoot people – it can be landmarks, vehicles, scenery… Well, pretty much anything! But this technique does lends itself very well to street photography. Shooting from the hip also provides an unconventional angle making the photo more interesting.
This technique can be a bit of a hit and miss (out of focus photos or subjects not in the frame). However, with some practice, you’d get pretty good at it and produce some great looking shots. Take as many photos as you can. 50... 100... 150??
Tilted shots can also add interest don't worry if it looks crooked.
If you can adjust the aperture in your camera, using a smaller aperture means more chance that your subject will be focused. Set it between f4.8 – 8. Again, the smaller the aperture, the more chance your subject will be in focus. This is great for portait shots. Remember, smaller aperture = larger f-stop number.
A smaller aperture may force you to use a slower shutter speed, and if your subject is moving around, or you are walking, you may get motion blur by your subject. Also, you lose a lot of Depth of Field with lower shutter speeds. So you may have to adjust your ISO acordingly 200-400.
If you can't adjust your camera manually have a go anyway. Just remember if you are walking about your photos may come out blurry from the motion. See if you can adjust your shutter speed or see if there is a fast motion setting on your camera. Or else you will have to stand still while snapping.
I enjoyed the covertness of walking around taking photos without people knowing what I was doing. This didn't happen straight away because I forgot to turn the sound off in my camera so people probably heard me coming!
When I took these photos I set my shutter speed to 250 but had to lower it to 125 because of the shadows under the market stalls. I didn't worry about the F stops.
At ISO 100 the F stops came out at 5.6. I hope this helps.
These are nice. What vibrant colours!! I like the second one the best. How many photos did you take to get these? I took over 100 lol.
I took around 35 - some were more interesting than others - but the library is my favorite room, so I picked all my favorites from there. I really enjoyed the shooting from the hip as I could not frame the photos as I like to do - and you are so correct - the angle adds to it rather than take away. I want to do some more out in public.
oooh love this challenge !! I m in :)
I had a little browse through FLIKR today for some inspiration for you. Some brilliant results! Here are a few...
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