The moral here: Never give up.
Don’t always be satisfied with your
first click of the shutter. Be patient.
As photographers, we often tell our
clients, “One more shot!” Well, there
is always a “better” shot to be had, so
don’t leave any shoot without a hero
shot. Whether you are shooting for a
client or your own family, never settle
Jerry Ghionis is widely regarded as one of
the best wedding/portrait photographers
and educators. He is a USA Nikon
Ambassador and has won more awards than
any other photographer at WPPI, where he
became the first Grand Master.
While my second try was better than the
first, the opera singer was still nowhere to
be found. I really didn’t feel that I had taken
advantage of the dress, and I desperately
wanted to immortalize Melissa looking
fierce at 40! The wind gently moved the
dress left and right, and that was what
gave me the idea to have Melissa fan her
dress out quickly left and right. The faster
shutter speed and a setting of f/4 would
freeze her motion whilst allowing me a
little forgiveness for depth of field. Looking
into the camera didn’t seem to work, so I
asked her to look off into the distance, and
that added a bit of mystery to the image.
By cropping in tightly and filling the frame
with the dress, I was finally able to hear that
opera singer sing!
NIKON D5, 70-200MM LENS,
1/500TH OF A SEC, F/4, ISO 200