Smallest Changes Make the Biggest Differences
I never considered myself a detail oriented person and if you ask anyone that knows me well they likely would say that along with the organized chaos details haven't always been a strength for me. I learned very early on to see details in an image and that fixing them before taking the shot not only saves hours of time but also produces an overall better image. This rings equally true for camera settings, composition and posing. Noticing details of things in the background that are distracting (ie. power lines, trees or poles coming out of subjects heads, trash, cigarette butts on the ground, etc.) Yes- photoshop is a powerful tool but it's much easier/faster to recompose or kick the cigarette out of the way than it is to edit every single shot. I wanted to share this outtake from a recent engagement session that I did. I thought it was a powerful example of exactly this concept. I set up the shot and posed the couple. What I'd ask them to do may have worked if Rachel had been wearing something different but for whatever reason it wasn't the best angle/pose/stance for her and the super cute outfit she was wearing.
I quickly realized something was off. This wasn't a flattering position for Rachel to stand in. So rather than continuing down a dead end road I simply directed her into a new stance and BINGO- the mood of the image changed entirely.
Side by side it's really clear just how different these two images were and how subtle and simple the change was to make it work! While you're looking at different photographers there's a variety of styles and visions each of us aim to create. You may even notice these subtle differences when seeing other pictures and know you like some over others but not realize why. Look a little closer and see if you can spot these subtle changes and if it's in fact the reason some pictures shine and grab your attention more than the rest. I believe you may be quite surprised!