With the Worldwide InstaMeet just around the corner, many of you will join up with other Instagrammers in your area for a photowalk, which is a great time to snap photos of your fellow Instagrammers in action. To help you prepare, Rebecca Silus (@fieldoffice) shares her tips for shooting photos of other people shooting photos!
How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about their photo-taking processes.
Camera: iPhone 4S
Vantage Point: Getting close enough to see the other shooterʼs camera, but far away enough to create a larger story.
For this photo, I wanted to show the cat that @anthonygeorgis was filming as well as the location. Because both figures were contrasted against the background, I was able to back up and take a fairly wide shot without losing the moment. This allowed me to show the detail Anthony was shooting, the building his subject lives in, and the landscape the building belongs to.
Shooting: Telling a story—how will this image fit into the narrative of my stream?
I think a lot about how my Instagram stream reads—as a collection of thumbnails and as images that pop up individually in someone elseʼs stream. So I try to make my photos work together and get as much information into each image as possible. This helps me choose what to photograph next and was on my mind when I shot this.
I shoot with the native camera app and lean towards shooting darker because I brighten things up and add contrast during the editing process. The final crop is always a top consideration when framing the image, so I compose my shots with the square format in mind. Often this means physically backing up so that there is extra room on all sides to crop the image down later on.
Editing: Keeping it fast and simple.
Instagramming in real time is important to me, so a simple and fast editing process that I can complete in one app is key. PhotoForge2 has a great collection of precise tools for adding brightness and contrast, two steps that I take with almost every image.
With this photo I went to the exposure option and bumped it up to 1.40. Next I added a little bit of warmth by going to color balance and moving the midtones cyan/red slider to .50.
After bringing the color-corrected image into Instagram, I made the final decisions about the cropping. In this case, I drastically changed the original photograph by completely cropping out a part of the buildingʼs shadow that I found distracting. The final step to this edit was applying the Rise filter.
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