Create A Style Guide
one of things I strongly recommend, uh, for this is creating a style guide. And I mean that in the most literal sense of going in and screen shotting images. Ah, whether they're your own, whether they're someone else's, to create a sense of what it is you're going after when you're first starting. It's like basically just creating a scrapbook of images and things that you like that you can learn from that. You can then not plea drives. But take those ideas and find How do you put them all together? Maybe like the way someone did a shadow here and ran here and could make those two shots work together in a whole new location. It'll spawn creativity, and it will keep you focused in on track for what the trends and styles are in the industry. So a style guide is really, really important. We're working on one now as a photo agency because the shift of styles and post processing his started to really latch on in a way that we need our photographers to understand it. So we're creating from ou...
r own library of work images that we think reflect the future style of our agency, and that isn't just processing. That's where people are in the frame, how they're interacting. Where there I line is where they're looking all of those kinds of things, and we'll talk about this in the analysis. But you wanna have a style guide? Create one a generic style guide as well. A short one, maybe before every trip. Hey, this is how I want my portfolio of, uh, ex National Park toe. Look what's in a style guide kind of covered it. I mean, it can be everything. It's people shots, Portrait's details, wide angles. It might be specific locations that you just don't want to forget. Um, it could be anything that will help you sort of drive your style and your shot list going forward. It's a lot like a shot list, except instead of it being line items on a page, it's actual pictures. They're really helpful. But a style guide will often have writing. So our style guide for the agency does have descriptive words and things like that. I do think every trip should have won. I still create them every single time. I don't sit here and tell you things. Hey, you don't need to dio. I'm sitting here telling you things I actually do because they work. There's a reason I can get my stuff published all the time, and it's because I have a process that works everybody a little different. But I think having won, at least initially, I mean, some shoots look from going out spontaneously. Sure, I don't have a style guy, but even coming to Seattle to teach this class, I spent some time looking. What are people doing? What kind of stuff being what's happening in Seattle? Is there any new area to go into? I mean, you could learn a lot just by looking at what's going on in social media, especially more than ever before. So it's a lot like research and scouting, except you're defining look, feel style and potential locations to create those kinds of things, uh, and doesn't have to be from the same location you're headed. That's also very important. You may want to before trip, but you might say I'm doing running in Colorado, but I really love these running in California images. I like the look and feel of them, so I'm gonna go and do that here on this trail in Colorado doesn't have to be from the same. Okay, should be from anywhere. It's about creating a look and feel Teoh to the images and helping to find that before you go out into the field. So does anybody have any questions about this before I start to do the stock analysis that's going to the next step? Quick question about the HDR comment. Do you mean each year filters? Or do you mean, like, splendid images of indoor outdoor? Sure, yeah, kind of referring to a pretty generically good question, I'm talking. So I know there's also like HDR settings, both even on my red. I can actually do like HDR X, and it'll capture a wider dynamic range and also burn more Amer memory. By the way, if you noticed on that one page in my motion introduce motion, um, the number of minutes will go down if you have your shooting an HDR mode. I'm referring to the process of blending, um, multiple bracketed images to the point where the highlights in shadows and mid tones are basically all the same. Luminess luminosity. I mean, they're basically flat. Um, and you can't tell the difference of war. One ends and one begins. Um, it doesn't work, and a lot of people way over open their shadows. It's usually the shadows that three people in it. It's not as often in the I mean highlights certainly can be, but they have a little more flexibility and staying authentic and bringing them back. It's usually in the shadows where it's like that's clearly a cave and I can see all the way to the back and there's no light in there like that's that kind of stuff that it's It's sort of like the saying, like an uncanny valley. When you look at, like, animation and you look at the eyes you like, it's creepy. It looks real, but there's something is not right there right kind of thing. Um, it's that same idea. It's like you're looking at you like, Yeah, it's a photo, but it's it's almost going into illustration. At that point, that's really what I'm talking about. There's nothing wrong, of course. I mean, if you have a very high contrast scene, you want to go to control and manipulate it later. Shoot. You know, if your camera has built in HDR, and you can capture a bigger file. By all means. I mean, I think it's worthwhile if you want to spend the space on it, but, um but be careful that I'm talking about the processing steps of processing. Yeah, it gets kicked out pretty fast every now and then. You see it, but it doesn't last very long.