My goal was to produce a book that would be as useful for iPhone photographers as it is for people who buy point-and-shoots or expensive DSLRs .
For years I'd ben alienated by photo advice books: compilations of dry basement-geek obsessions with gear, pixels, lenses and such.
Then I met George. George is the guy you can hand your point-and-shoot camera to and he'll take a better picture than you just took with exactly the same camera 60 seconds ago. A picture of the same person you just shot. Without adjusting anything on the camera.
it's that he's taken a billion pictures since taking up his first
camera as a kid in Pittsburgh. But set that aside: The breakthrough for
me came when I realized that taking better pictures is not about
technique at all, but about imitating the behavior of George. What does
he do to get those better pictures? Turns out there a lot of simple tips
that have little to do with cameras or even experience.
How did he do this?
These ideas emerged from my observations. Practically the only thing George shoots is people. So these tips are about shooting people: the people you most care about.
1.Get physically close.
George almost never uses a zoom lens. He violates personal space with his warmth and enthusiasm. Often, he holds the hand of people he's shooting. This can seem hard at first, but most people like to be photographed if they perceive it as warm, genuine personal attention.