How To Create A Good PR Photo people actually want to publish?
Recently I wrote a guest post “What Makes A Good PR Photo” for Leeds based Quest PR’s blog. Bloggers will tell you that posts work best at around 300 to 500 words and it was while trying to work within these constraints I realised what I do, what all good PR photographers do, is far too complex to impart as a “How To” in 500 words or less. I was barely scratching the surface of “What Makes A Good PR Photo” let alone how to produce one and that led to this post.
How does a professional PR Photographer Create A Good PR Photo people actually want to publish? He or she considers all the things below and more, though not necessarily in list order.
Is the image sharp?
Where should I focus for best effect?
Shall I use a wide aperture or narrow aperture?
Fast or slow shutter speed?
Natural light or Full flash, Fill-in flash?
Will anything fool the camera meter?
Do I choose Wide Angle Standard or Telephoto lens?
Which camera will be best for the job?
Is it best Mounted on a tripod, monopod or hand-held?
Use camera mounted flash or portable studio flash?
What elements best tell the story?
Which do I include, what gets left out?
Is the background relevant?
Can it be made relevant or is it just distracting?
What’s the best way to set this up for maximum visual impact?
Do I put movement into to an image?
If I do should movement be frozen or allowed to streak ?
Shall I isolate the subject with a blurred background?
Use front to back picture sharpness?
How many people do I use and why?
What’s the message my client is trying to get across?
How do I get the branding in?
Does it look natural or forced or just ruin the picture entirely?
What style do I need to shoot in?
Where will the images appear?
Have I shot Upright and landscape shape?
Beyond considering all of the above the professional PR photographer needs people skills in bucketfuls. Some people are lucky they just enjoy being photographed and/or are simply photogenic. Many are not, good results are required even when the subject hates being in front of a camera. Photographers need to work with people from all spheres of society all ages all outlooks all political persuasions and a good photographer can deal with just about anyone. Sometimes the image will require getting people to do things they wouldn’t normally dream of doing. Other occasions it will require the photographer do something they wouldn’t normally dream of doing.
In short How To Create A Good PR Photo…..
Understand your equipment, use it to best technical effect, understand the brief, interpret it creatively, work well with people and get the best from them in what can sometimes be quite difficult situations.