Thursday 29 September 2016

Top tips for capturing a moment in history: don't stage it, and don't be afraid

Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30

Sergeant Fergus Gaughan visiting brother and sister Nora and Tomás Ó Máille at their home Photo: Mark Condren
Sergeant Fergus Gaughan visiting brother and sister Nora and Tomás Ó Máille at their home Photo: Mark Condren

This weekend, the Irish Independent and Independent.ie are inviting Irish people at home and around the world to capture 24 hours in time, from noon tomorrow until noon Monday.

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Images that best capture aspects of Irish life will appear in a commemorative magazine, which will be published in the Irish Independent on Saturday, May 7.

Multi-award-winning photographer Mark Condren explained how to get the most out of your camera.

"What is everyday life to you and me might be very interesting to someone else, so capture it," he said. "Try not to contrive the picture or pose too much. It is all about normal everyday life, so you will see the picture happen.

"Don't confuse your picture by thinking you have to move stuff around or get people to pose. Try some different angles. You move and the camera should move to create the photograph."

He also said not to be afraid of making a mistake - and pointed out that the settings on your camera phone can be very helpful.

"Use 'burst mode' on your camera. Nearly all cameras have that, and it is on iPhones. That will help you to capture a range of expressions and improve your chances of taking a good picture.

"Don't stress about the quality of your camera. Some people think because they have an iPhone and not a camera lens they can't send pictures in - but this is all about having some fun.

"Don't be afraid to make mistakes, because you can keep trying and go back and take it again."

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