An Easy Tip for Consumers Hiring a Photographer

More than likely, the photographer you hired is legit, especially when it comes to studio and wedding photography.  This advice is mainly aimed at people hiring photographers for their events and/or event websites.  Still, just like in other fields, frauds do exist in the photography world. 

I’m going to show one easy tip that may show you how skilled your hired photographer really is.  Ignore the fancy equipment they own.  Just because they own it, don’t necessarily mean they know how to properly use it.

If you can, look at the photographer’s past work.  Focus on how they photograph people.  Any photographer worth their ilk would know the proper way to take portrait shots.

Most people are used to holding the camera in a horizontal position.  Here’s where the photographer doesn’t always do that.  Let’s say you come across a tree.  The longest length of a tree is the vertical, the reason for holding a camera vertically.  Let’s say you come across a car. The longest length of a car is the  horizontal, the reason for holding a camera horizontally.

Before the camera phone, most people photographed others in a horizontal position.

Dude dressed in black

Yet, because one person is a vertical subject, many portrait shots are held in a vertical position.

Dressed in black

Most camera phones are positioned for portrait shots.

With portrait shots, you may still want to hold the camera vertically when it comes to two people.

Guy holding wine with his new bride

Three or more is when you hold the camera horizontally. 

Two ladies and two guys

So, if you run across a person who usually photographs a one person portrait shot in a horizontal position, you may want to hire someone else.  True enough, for artistic reasons, photographers don’t always follow the rules for portrait shots.   Still, the ones worth their ilk usually follow it.

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