Monday, October 7, 2013
Everyone enjoys and deserves a great laugh
Everyone enjoys and deserves a great laugh. Laughter is good for the soul: it helps relieve stress and it allows us to temporarily forget about problems. It signifies there's happiness within and it warms the heart. That's a lot of positive karma. So, what is it that makes a photo humorous? It can be a funny sign or a frozen moment in time when a person or animal does something comical or awkward. Or, it can be a composite of images created in Photoshop that can be manipulated to give the image a funny appearance, and it can even be derived from the title you give the photo.
When trying to capture humorous situations with people or animals as the subjects, you have to be ready at all times and quick with your shutter finger to freeze the moment of greatest impact. The situation often involves action that dictates the use of a fast shutter speed. Bump the ISO up on your digital camera to allow this. Quite funny images of people or pets can be made via the use of very wide angle lenses. Get close to the subject to create extreme distortion. Whatever resides closest to the lens will look a lot larger than it really is. The classic image that comes to mind is one where a person is depicted with a huge nose and very rounded face. If you have a 20mm or wider lens, place it on your camera, focus it at its closet point, and move toward your subject until the face comes into focus and you'll instantly see the effect. It also works to make funny images of dogs and cats.
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