One of our best news photographers, Ross Land has photographed the Queen, Governor Generals, multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and All Blacks tests and tours for over a decade.
Although he started photography when there were dark rooms, now his most frequently used camera isn’t slung over his shoulder, it’s on his iPhone.
“The quality of camera in good smartphones has changed photography and made it more accessible. There is no limit to the type of photo you can take, it’s just a matter of knowing how to get the best out of it,” Ross says.
And whether using a phone or the latest DSLR camera, the basics still apply.
“We all see things differently,” Ross says, “but there are a few things that anyone lining a subject up needs to follow to get that photo that really says something. “
STEP 1. Look at the image you’ve framed on the screen and put your finger onto the darkest part so you can see the borders of your image. This will make everything incredibly bright.
STEP 2. Then frame your picture the way you want to see it when it’s taken. For a second time touch the image on the screen to expose it lightness- and darkness-wise. That’s also the point where the camera will focus.
STEP 3. Follow the basics in framing your shot: stand still; hold the phone with two hands; use good natural lighting if possible; make sure nothing in the background is coming out of the subject’s head and shoulders (trees, lamp posts etc.); move around to create the picture you want, not what happens to be in front of you.