As a former news reporter I know the importance of photographs to tell a story. It adds to the trustworthiness of the article and provides color to an otherwise ordinary story. However, there are times the subject (interviewee) requested for anonymity that they refuse to have their pictures taken. I have to heed to the subject’s request as a sign of respect. This simple gesture is important to develop rapport between you and the subject. It makes him (or her) open up to whatever question that may be thrown at him. If your interviewee is a musician, you can easily ask anything about his craft or the type of guitar or instrument he is good at. If ever he allows a back shot, you can request him to hold his guitar during the photo shoot. The subject will remain unidentified, but his story will tell a lot about his being a musician and his type of music.
Even from a mile away, you can tell that they’re food bloggers. When they enter a restaurant, you see them toting a chunky camera and snapping away at the plate in front of them. Nowadays, food bloggers abound, because restaurants are seeing the important role these bloggers play in promoting their place. If you happen to be one of those food bloggers, do remember that there are certain rules to live by, when taking photos in a restaurant:
If you’re going out with a group, do be aware that some of them may not be too keen on the idea of you taking pictures of each dish even before they get a bite of the food. What could be more fun is to get them involved in the process. Ask them if they’re willing to pose for the camera as they slice that juicy steak, for instance.
Be as unobtrusive as possible. In some restaurants, endlessly snapping photos is frowned upon. Get a feel of the place first before pressing down on the shutter. Be wary of that flash too, as you don’t want to annoy other people who are happily enjoying their meal.
Other than the food, try taking shots of the overall ambiance of the restaurant. This will give more depth to your pictures.
More than thinking about your blog, just enjoy the meal and company. That makes for a better experience, after all.
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My daughter took this picture for her Photography subject last school year. Photo manipulation has been applied like the same picture below using Photoshop.