Blah picture of a chess board.. suggestions?

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  1. Contegni

    Contegni TPF Noob!

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    I don't really like it too much and I don't think it's that interesting. It's a nice board though and I think from the right angle I can get a good capture out of it. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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    try playing around with various angles, maybe take one from the player's perspective and maybe a closeup of some of those figures/pieces?
     
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    or, to piggy back...take one that made the viewer feel like they were a chess piece in the middle of a game.
     
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    eh.. it's better but i'll try some more

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    That's an awesome chess set haha.
     
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    Haha thanks. My brother brought it back for me when he went to Athens a couple years ago. As for the pictures, I'm too tired to take more. Maybe tomorrow.
     
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    Get a game going. At random times, stop and take shots of the chessboard. Try different angles, and get a bunch when some one is 'checkmated'.
     
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    Some things to pay attention to...

    1. What is in focus and what is not? What does it say about that picture? Do you want more in focus or less?
    2. Where are your subjects most in focus? Consider rule of thirds when framing.
    3. When taking picrtures of reasonably ordinary subjects, you need extraordinary lighting and angles to make them more interesting.
    4. Watch your color balance- I think it's off.
    5. The table and the wall behind the subject aren't helping the picture any, but they are a big part of the picture. Everything you see contributes... if they don't help the picture, try to minimize them or change them.

    I'll be curious to see more! Keep trying. These excercises are a great way to learn.
     
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    Try taking a shot from the King's point of view as he's facing the opposing side...see if you can catch the tops of the pawns on the King's side.

    Try one shot with the King in focus and then another with the opposing side in focus.

    Take one shot with the King and Queen on either side of the shot and then another one between the King and the Bishop.

    Just some ideas.
     
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    The second shot is the better of the two, although have you considered having the pieces in play on the board with the King in that spot? It would convey, to me anyway, a sense of power that the King has. The fight is going on in the background, but he has the time to wander off the board to pose for a photo-op.
     
  11. Yemme

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    That is so cool, love the second shot. You should try and start doing different chess pieces. There's a store called Chess Forum in the village on Thompson street. If/When your in the city check it out. They have very unique chess boards from The Simpson's to Victorian Era. Not sure if you can take pictures of them but It doesn't hurt to ask.
     

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