Photography is SO accessible. These days we are all snapping pics with our phones and able to see even more amazing photography than ever before with easy apps like Instagram. With our May Hot List favourite Photo London kicking off this week and because of all the fun we had shooting our latest catalogue, we thought it would be great to visit the advice of our best books: Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs Of People.
If you’re anything like us, we love stepping the floors of galleries and art museums and soaking up all of the beautiful artwork. For the times you feel inspired and want to get creative, this simple no-cliche book by Henry Carroll will give you the confidence to pick up that camera and shoot!
The book walks you through the essential techniques you need for photographing people at their best. Whether you want to get snapping at home or in a studio, the iconic work of Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman and Henri Cartier-Bresson paired with Carrol’s advice will provide all the inspiration you need.
TOP TECHNICAL TIPS FROM THE BOOK
1. Colour attracts colour. Simple things like the colour of someone’s hair or jacket, or the shade of their lipstick can be transformed into something playfully abstract and expressive. For example, a hat can add a splash of colour to a scene or connect it to other elements of the image in a way you may not have noticed when walking down the street.
2. Allow your own personality to feed into your photography. Whether you are creating a scene to photograph or capturing people candidly on the street, it’s fun to use what makes you tick to make your subjects tick. Of course it’s not easy to surprise a room of objects – but you can surprise the people looking at the objects. Do something daring! We took a leap in using blue walls for our SS16 catalogue but LOVE how it turned out. You can view items and people in a new and interesting light!
3. You can reveal a lot about your subject by photographing the traces they leave behind. Take a person out of a portrait, and you’re left with a still life.This is why interiors shots are so interesting, because the images interact with a persons possessions. A room says a lot about the person who styled it – what they love, their interests and a glimpse of their personality.
JANE ROCKETT’S TOP PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
Co-Founder Jane Rockett styles and creates all our photography, and shot our beautiful SS16 Catalogue. She has shared her top 3 tips on how to create the shot you need…
1. Change the perspective: anyone can point and shoot. Try moving about! Bend down or stand on a chair and find the angle makes the most of your subject.
2. Fill the frame. Space is key, but you don’t want too much of it! The subject is the focal point of the photograph so make sure you give it the air time it needs.
3. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to a studio with expert lighting. Natural lighting is your best friend! Soft sunlight from the side is beautiful and creates shadow and ambiance that no tripod lamp is going to recreate 😉
If you don’t fancy capturing your own, then our latest collection of iconic photographs might be the thing for you. The stunning black and white portraits include Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, Miles Davis and Brigitte Bardot. You can also choose from Clint Eastwood (our favourite) and Farrah Fawcett. It was love at first sight when we came across them, and you will feel them same on seeing them in your home. (You can find out more about our monochrome wall art here!)
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If you have any fabulous interiors pics you want us to see, please tag us with #rockettstgeorge