#23 Sketch Your Shots

Sketch the photo that you have in your mind on a piece of paper. Creating a sketch helps you visualize the frame before you start creating the photo. I’ve found it specially helpful for prop styling. By looking at the frame on the sheet, you can visualize the position of props and how it will impact the photograph.

Clearly identify your main characters, your supporting or secondary characters and what you consider extra that are essential for the story but are not required.

As you sketch your food story on a piece of paper, identify these characters. This will help you decide how prominent or not, you would like them in the frame. You can also make a decision about the position of these characters as well as lighting, focus and distance from the lens.

Think about what your story is about?

Is this about a traditional dish that is served to an individual or is the dish sitting on the dinner table?

What props will you need to support your story?

Now using this information and ingredients, you should start the sketching process.

Sketching should start with you deciding whether you want to frame horizontally or vertically.

Once you’ve decided this, now the question is where to place your main character? Once this is done, next move to secondary and then the extras.

Go ahead and now start experimenting. Don’t worry if you cant’ sketch. This is not a drawing competition. This is a tool for you to understand and visualize your compositions in advance.

Move the main character, place props and try different arrangements.

  • Step 1 – Decide your subject you plan to use for this exercise.
  • Step 2 – Decide the characters – main character, secondary character/s and extras. On a piece of paper write it down.
  • Step 3 – On this paper, create vertical and horizontal frames that represent frames of your photograph.
  • Step 4 – Sketch how you would fill the frame. Add main character, secondary and extras.
  • Step 5 – Once you have completed that, take a photograph of your sketch and upload it in Lesson 23 Album on the new Facebook Group.
  • Step 6 –In couple of lines, share your experience. Was this the first time you sketched your photo? Have you done this before? After sketching this on paper, what was going in your mind? Take few minutes to analyze this. Share with others and read experience of other participants.
  • Step 7 – Optional - If you have additional time and can do it, take a photo based on your sketch and upload it in Lesson 23 Album on the new Facebook Group.

I decided photograph the ginger today. And here is my sketch for this. At first I wanted vertical shot, but when I saw it on computer, I changed it to horizontal one and I think it is much more better now. I have never sketched my shots is interesting idea...and also there is more fun with preparing my final picture. Thanks Neel.