This past week a well-known photographer named Johnny Pignozzi was on the Martha Stewart Show. I thought it might be interesting for you to see his 10 rules for taking photos, so I'm going to list them here. Johnny and Martha are good friends and have traveled many times to the same places at the same time. On the show, he gave Martha a framed photograph of herself and her daughter made in the 1990's. He also gave her an electrical strip that was small and had six plugs--three on each side. On trips, it allows one to charge cameras and phones with only one strip. Below is Johnny's book cover in black and white.
Before Johnny Pignozzi gave his rules for taking photos, he offered a few suggestions in conversation:
- Use a small camera unless you're taking photos at long range.
- Don't have your subjects pose, as it creates an unnatural picture.
- Don't use flash. Use a camera like the Canon S-95 that takes photos in low light.
- Use a digital camera.
- X-ray machines at the airport often ruin your film.
Then Johnny gave 10 rules for taking photos, which you may want to add to your own:
- Take a lot of photos all the time! Take your camera with you everywhere.
- Remember to recharge your camera.
- Rather than erasing your memory card, just replace it. When you erase photos, you may lose pictures that you wish you had saved. Memory cards are inexpensive enough to simply replace them. Be sure and put the used memory card in a safe place.
- Have two cameras with you, so that if one gets misplaced or lost, you still have another.
- Put your name or initials on your camera. If you're around other people, they may pick up your camera and think it's theirs.
- Don't show anyone their photo to approve. In the process, one of you may hit a button on the camera that causes you to lose pictures already made. Johnny said he's lost many photos that way.
- Beware of putting photos on the internet. Bad photos, or photos of friends that are not in good taste, or even photos of your children which may be fine for friends and family, may be taken and used by strangers on the internet.
- Rather than using a zoom lens, get closer to your subject.