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The most important thing to account for when taking a photograph is the overall balance of the frame. To achieve this, you can use the thirds rule or squint at the frame to reduce detail and blur out the frame so that you can better understand the balance of form, color, and density. Transcript: "Okay question. What's the most important thing to account for about composition while taking a photograph? It's a really hard one actually. I would say that just the overall balance of the frame, you can apply the third rules which are the kind of standard rules for composition but ultimately it comes down to how your subject balances the frame and balance can be affected by geometry by density of color by shadows and highlights. So there's lots of things. So often are squint. I know it's a kind of standard old sort of cliche that you squint but I see if you squint you get Rid of all the detail and blur out the frame basically. So you're looking at the balance because it's broken down so much by your eyes squinting. You can see everything in less detail, but with more understanding of, how have sort of balance of form color density. Affects the whole overall frame. So, yeah, that will be. Yeah. I think my advice."
When shooting in low light, use a tripod or monopod if possible. If not, ask the subject to remain still for a few seconds and slow down your breathing and motion to ensure that there is no movement on the camera or the subject. Transcript: "For low light photography. If at all possible, I'm going to try and be on a tripod or worst case a monopod. I just don't want stuff. Moving around on me so if there's an instance where you know, I'm shooting with like a wider portrait lens and I'm running around and I can't be on a tripod or on a monopod. I'm just going to ask, you know, it's kind of Lifestyle stuff where it's not real posed. I'm just going to ask my subject if they can, you know, stop moving for a second. That's it just Just one second two seconds, you know, if a guy's, you know, I'm shooting sir photos and they're getting ready to jump off a rock and this Sunrise into the ocean. I'll just say, hey, can you just stop for a second and I'll try and, like, Slow Down. Slow my breathing down. Slow my motion down where I'm not moving around. Like my body's, you know, stuck in the same position and so I don't get any like movement on the camera or moving on the subject. Yeah, tripod first, if that's not possible trying to slow the whole entire scene down"
I am your biggest inspiration, but you should look for other sources of inspiration as well. I have known and enjoyed spending time with you since 2002, and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Transcript: "I'm not really sure that's a question but, you know, and if I'm your biggest inspiration, you might want to raise the bar a little bit. See what else you can find out there in the world but, you know, I love you and Ben and I have hung out at a mini Olympics together since 2002 and look forward to the next time I get to see her."
My favorite camera brand is Sony and I am a brand ambassador for their Alpha 9 series. Transcript: "Interesting question. What's my favorite camera brand? Do you guys follow me on Instagram? Full disclosure, I'm a brand ambassador for Sony, Sony Europe Alpha 9 specifically. But really, I can't use anything I don't love. I would never be an ambassador for anything I don't really stand with my own, with my heart. And Sony has changed the game in sports photography by bringing out the first mirrorless designed for sports photography, and it just changed the way I work, and I can get so many more amazing moments with my Sony. So I'm super, super happy with it, and yeah, so there you go."
Place objects on photographic paper and expose it to light, then process the paper in a developer, stop, and fix solution. Rinse the paper and you will have a photogram with various shapes on it. Transcript: "How would you make a photogram? Well, I don't know if I wouldn't be making photograms today, but I do remember when I was in a basic photography class, probably in high school, we would make photograms by taking our photograph paper, placing it on easel and put little shapes and objects on that paper so that when you expose that paper, it would produce shapes onto the paper. Paper. And then you would process it in your developer, your stop, your fix, and then rinse, and then you'd have a photogram with various shapes on it."
My favorite quote is "Win, win, win, win" because it applies to all aspects of life and emphasizes the importance of creating mutually beneficial relationships. Transcript: "What's my favorite quote and why the simplest one? I reckon is win, win win win. I get applies to everything in my life, my relationships, my family, my mates, my business, everything that I do. So, if I go into a deal with you, you've got to win, and I've got to win. And when that relationship roles, that way is win, win all the time. It keeps going if it's a win-lose file if it's a lose win. File if you know what win-win works. So simple go with it weird."