Q&A with Devin Lester, a Joburg-based professional photographer.
Q In your opinion, what photography equipment should a family invest in, in order to make sure the photos they take of their family look great?
A I think many people rush out and buy a fancy DSLR camera and are then perhaps frustrated with it because it’s not producing the results they’d hoped for. Left on ‘auto’, your camera will not always produce the desired results. But if you’d like to invest in a DSLR and learn how to use it, I’d suggest buying a more affordable camera body and investing in a decent lens. A more expensive lens will perform better on an entry level camera body than the other way around. What you’re looking for here is a ‘fast’ lens, ie one that’s capable of wider apertures.
Q Lighting can either make or break a photo. When is the best time to shoot outdoors?
A With a cellphone you’ll get better results when there’s plenty of available light. But photographers love to work around the ‘golden hours’ following sunrise and prior to sunset. This is when the light is soft and flattering, and you avoid those harsh shadows of the midday sun.
Q When shooting indoors, where’s the best spot for the best light?
A Windows are your friend and become large sources of great light. You can get creative by placing your subject in front of, alongside or even behind the window.
Q Any final words of advice?
A DIY your own family photos as much as possible, but try to make a special occasion of hiring a professional photographer once or twice a year.