Our guest blogger Ralph Velasco is back with a new installment and photography tips from his travels to India. Here’s his guest post about working the scene!
Guest blog post by Ralph Velasco, travel photographer
Whenever possible, be sure to thoroughly work the scene you’re trying to capture. By this, I mean avoid taking just one grab shot and moving on. Even the simplest of environments can offer a variety of photo opportunities.
In this scene, which I recently captured outside the Jama Masjid Mosque in Old Delhi, India, I noticed a man smoking a cigarette. He was taking a break from his job as the person who ensures that all those entering the mosque check their shoes at the door and are properly dressed.
In the first shot I simply captured him as he had just taken a drag of the cigarette, and chose to shoot this image in a landscape, or horizontal orientation. When your subject is moving you want to be sure to take a number of pictures because it’s often difficult to capture them at just the right moment. Using the rule of thirds, which we spoke of in a previous post, I chose to put the man on the right side of the frame with what’s called negative space on the left, thus giving him room in the frame to look into.