Tips from … the photographer of the year 2010

February 15, 2012 by  
Filed under FREE Photography Tips, What's New

Joe Luter
John Farrar of Brighton, England does beautiful and creative work but he also has mastered the details of photography at a high level and we provide here a few of his suggestions.

Or, if seeing more of the best of the best in photography interests you, click here to purchase Farrar’s Beauty in the Mind DVD, which includes a discussion of his widely heralded work and a live shoot in which he explains as he works. You will see a masterpiece being made.

A few notes from Farrar follow.

• Back up every shot with a half dozen brackets. The model, makeup and studio time are all set so there’s no need to suffer the cosequences of trying to save a few seconds.

• Wanting to be outstanding is step one. Farrar notes that we see a lot of photos every day but rarely do we see one that will be remembered. His advice: Plan in advance to make your shoot something memorable.

• Organize your shoot in detail but don’t become inflexible in your plan of action. Be ready to change your direction if the session suggests you do so.

• ‘Beautiful’ isn’t enough. Do something unique. Stand apart.

• Give your work a second look the next day. Don’t send anything out immediately after the shoot. Looking at it the next day will be a completely different experience. Work on it again then, too.

• Don’t rush the session. Saving a few minutes is not your goal. His average time per session is one hour. But if it takes more time, stay with it.

• Don’t be too concerned about people considering your ideas to be odd. Farrar quotes Bacon in saying, “There is no beauty without strangeness.”

• Props can be anything. Use your imagination. In Farrar’s work we see a girl with a wet paint brush over one eye, another girl emerging from the water with a fish in her mouth, and head coverings made of a washing machine hose, a paper milk carton, etc. and Farrar’s  famous pair of red shoes. He also had his makeup artist paint a crisscross pattern on one girl’s face. It was definitely memorable.

• “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

• Don’t hesitate to do something completely different from what Farrar and other masters are doing. You can learn from them but what you eventually must do is develop is a signature style of your own.

Dozen of the world’s top models have raved breathlessly about Farrar, perhaps best summed up by the one brief comment: “You are WOW!”