Are you often dissatisfied with the photos you take with your camera, tablet, or smart phone?
Well, you’re not alone.
I personally hate majority of the photos I take.
Even the great Neil Oshima realized during his college days in Connecticut that a really good photo was difficult to take.
He saw a bird in the snow and he took a photo of it.
And guess what?
He wasn’t satisfied with it.
That’s how his passion for photography started.
I would like to thank the bird for catching Oshima’s attention.
Just imagine if he did not encounter the fluffy fellow.
We could have been living a world with one less photography master.
So what are some of the tips that I learned when I met him.
Neal Oshima Photography Tip Number 1: Invest on light.
If you’re an iPad mini user like me, you can relate to this tip especially if it’s night time.
Our iPad’s doesn’t have a built-in flash so if we try to take a photograph on very little or no light at all, the pictures are very grainy and are poor in quality.
Neal Oshima said that you don’t have to buy the expensive ones because even the small camera-mounted LED lights will do.
I tried using flashlight from my bar phone and it did wonders on my food photo taken during night.
Neal Oshima Photography Tip Number 2: Use natural light.
Sometimes, when you use artificial light, the intensity of the colors might fade or turn dull.
So if you are trying to take a closeup photo of food or something, he suggested that we should use natural light.
Because he said the colors are better.
Neal Oshima Photography Tip Number 3: Turn a boring stuff into something interesting.
If something has been done, it tends to be boring.
Take for instance, you want to photograph the lechon.
Just taking a photo after it’s cooked has been done for thousands of times by amateur and professional photographers.
So to make things more interesting, Neal Oshima did something to our favorite lechon.
He took photos every hour from the time the lechon was mounted on the grilled until it was cooked.
An amazing lechon photo of course!
While looking at his exhibit, I found other interesting photos.
Neal Oshima’s photos made me appreciate everyday food and its beauty when captured in photos.
What can you say about his photography tips?
Do you find them useful and practical?
As a last note, would you dare tell Neal Oshima that he looks like Mr. Miyagi when you’ll meet him?