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Old Aug 13, 2013, 9:36 AM   #1
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I've been doing this somewhat regularly for the past year, being our church's unofficial official photographer (along with my wife) making sure the different preachers' photos are shown on the church's website, so any suggestions to improve my technique are welcome.



Sony A550 with 50mm/f1.8 fixed lens taken at 800 ISO. I just sit on the pews.

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I think this picture would look better in B&W or in Sepia
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Cool idea, Pantharen.

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Excellent lighting and composition already...

What I might try may be to raise the camera position up a little (or move the preacher back a bit) and slightly to the right, such that the lighter highlighted area in the background would center around the subject head instead of his shoulder which made the image slightly imbalanced
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Cool idea, Pantharen.
Taking a photo in Sepia or BW is a lot different, then taking the same picture and removing the color with software.. It doesn't have the same appeal, or the same flair..
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i like the colour shot to be honest full of character
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Thank you, NHL. Your suggestions were what I was hoping for. I will remember your them during composition and also during selection of which photo to post on our website. I take several. (But not as much as I would like because I take them during the service and the church is small.)

Thank you, wave01.

Here's another shot before the service when the bishop was preparing.

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Your preacher is very photogenic + the PP is really excellent regardless
PS on the last image, just don't crop it square. IMO it cut off the rope belt too short... (and leave some empty space on top of his head)
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The photos above are of Bishop Andrew Dietsche of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

For the above shot, unfortunately, the bottom wasn't cropped. It was how I framed my shot. I'll remember next time to pay attention to other vestments the preacher might be wearing. We have a different preacher every Sunday (with different clothing).

When you say "leave some empty space on top of his head", I assume you mean pick an angle where the background won't be so busy. I'll remember that, too.

Thank you, NHL, for the useful tips (and compliments).

(Cragsmoor Stone Church isn't your ordinary Sunday Church. The structure is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of New York -- and no doubt the diocese would rather have us stay Episcopal and use the the Book of Common Prayer every Sunday -- but Cragsmoor being Cragsmoor [no relevance to its proximity to the Catskills and its hippies but who knows...] it takes its "open to all" policy literally and tries to bring in a preacher from various world religions every Sunday to hold service. Since I've been going there we've had Buddhists, a Muslim, a Hindu, and leaders of various Christian denominations conduct service.)

Dr. Narasim Banavara of the Hindu Bharatiya Mandir in Middletown, NY.


I've included the out-of-camera below so anyone may comment on the processing, too:

Last edited by vvcarpio; Aug 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM. Reason: Changed "being close" to "proximity"
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I would caution how your processing makes the background stand out. The rail in several shots and the wall in the 2nd shot have too much definition and contrast and draw attention away from the subjects. so, I would tone that down a bit. In the first shot the background is nicely subdued but less so in the other shots.
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