Saturday, 14 February 2009

The secret of good comedy and photography

There is an old joke that asks 'what is the secret of good comedy?' and before the answer is heard the questioner says timing. Well timing is important in photography. When dealing with people it is about getting the right facial expression. Even in landscape photography it is about waiting for the best lighting. Good photography is also about being at the right place at the right time.

You can do some preparation before you get to the right place. We have all seen comedy photos that are made by tourists. Thousands of people must have their photos taken holding up the leaning tower of Pisa. Thousands will also have their picture taken next to Eric Morecambe's statue in Morecambe and they will be striking the Ernie Wise pose. You can use any tourist souvenir, for example a model of the Eiffel Tower and hold it in front of the actual tower.

Look out for specific ideas. Many years ago I took a photo of someone playing the guitar. they moved their left arm and because I used a long exposure their left arm is a blur. I had to carefully check exposure and it was not a routine print when I was in the dark room. but I managed to get the picture It is a much easier photo to take today with computer technology. Think about adapting the blurred arm idea to whichtever musical instrument or sport that you play.

Happy snapping

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