1. SHOOT FROM A LOW VANTAGE POINT
If you go to Professional Yoga Photographer’s Robert Sturman’s Instagram page you will see majority of his shots are taken from a low vantage point. The photographer is close to the ground shooting up to the yoga model. So stay low to the ground and snap photos.
2. YOU THE PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD BE MOVING AROUND YOUR MODEL
Telling your yoga model to move to the “left” or “back” while posing will be tough on your model. So you, the photographer, be prepared to move around the area to get the shot you want.
3. HANDS AND FEET ARE IMPORTANT
When shooting yoga models, the hands and feet are important so don’t cut them off. Much of your shot’s emotion can be capture with the hands and when available show the hands and feet as much as possible. So shoot wider than expected and you can always crop the photo when editing.
4. FOR INTRICATE POSES LIKE BALANCING POSES USE “BURST MODE” ON YOUR PHONE
Capturing that one photo where the alignment is just right in a tricky balancing pose can be tough, use the “Burst Mode” feature on your phone. On the iphone, just hold down the shutter button and you’re taking 10 frames per second shooting multiple shots at once. Then pick and choose the best shots and discard the rest.
5. USE THE RULE OF THIRDS AND SHOW YOUR “GRID LINES” ON YOUR PHONE
The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines, your photo becomes more balanced. On your iPhone go to your “setting”, tap “Photos & Camera” and turn on the “Grid”. Then check out your camera and see the grid lines.
6. USE HDR SETTINGS FOR POSES WITHOUT A LOT OF MOVEMENT
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range imaging. When you turn HDR mode on, your phone takes a little longer to take the photo because it’s actually taking three pictures, rather than just one. HDR is great for yoga photos with Hawaii’s backdrop, portraits in sunlight, low light or back lit shots. HDR photos are NOT for when your model moving, it can blurred your picture.
7. TAP YOUR CAMERA SCREEN TO SET YOUR LIGHTING EXPOSURE
Tap a darker area and the photo will lighten, tap a lighter area of the screen and the photo will darken. You the photographer, are in control. Just remember, most likely you will be using your editing features the complete and finish your photos. Photos that are over exposed with too much light will not be as editable than under exposed shots.
8. LIGHTING IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO CONSIDER WHEN TAKING PHOTOS
One of the best times to shoot is the Golden Hour, the hour right after the sun comes up and the hour right before it goes down. When indoors open the window shades and let as much natural light in to shoot. Shoot with side lights for dramatic shots and front on lighting are great for portraits. And when editing, try a black and white photo. You can surprise yourself how a amazing a black and white photo can be.