Photographing a Chip of the Old Block
A chip of the old block, as the title suggest is a photographic project featuring people and their children who seem to have followed in their parents footsteps; the father was a doctor and thus the son is now a doctor. This scenario is easily captured in photographs if you know how to approach it.
Here is what we mean we we refer to this common idiom: a chip off the old block ,if someone is a chip off the old block, they are very similar in character to one of their parents or to another older member of their family (not used with the ) Look at her bossing everyone around - she's a real chip off the old block! http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/a+chip+off+the+old+block
Look for subjects that are currently doing the same things that their parents are doing or did. The same can be said for subjects from the animal kingdom; a lion stalking it prey and the young ones mimicking the same behavior.
You can also create it in the studio by selecting subjects whether you have to make them or are found and showing them next to smaller "kid" size ones. One good example would be a lit match next to a much smaller one which is also lit. Hopefully you get the idea of what it is that you are trying to represent in your photographs.
When capturing images of parents and child the images that work best are those that feature parent and child dressed in similar outfits, holding the same tools, driving the same vehicles or shown working in an environment which closely resembles that of the parent.
Many of these images do not really have to show the subjects in their entirety. Capturing images which show portions of the subjects next to each other works just as well.
You can use parents and very young kids too. Often if the kids are dressed in a similar way or are ding sometime similar it works just as well as showing a parent and the adult child.
It is the hint of similarity that we are trying to encompass with this theme, subjects do not have to be identical in everything, just close enough.
Aim to record images which show enough similarity to fit the mold and make sure to capture these images in a pleasant perspective. Try not to shot haphazardly but instead take your time and compose the image well.
If you find yourself trying to shoot a photo and the subjects are not in the best light or the scene is too cluttered, then sometimes it is best to let them go and move on to a better photogenic opportunity.
Images have to have several elements in place if they are to be rightly so, called good photos.
Take your time and do a good job or just don't do it at all.
Your reputation as a photographer and as an artist will rise or fall depending on how your images are judged by others.
Many of the resulting images can be used by a variety of commercial entities such as hospitals, some universities, and just about any industry on which the subjects appear to be involved with.
There are also many manufactures such as those in the motorcycle industry that favor images featuring a father and son for example, who happen to ride the same brand of motorcycles.
Your images can also be used by many poster publications, some greeting card manufacturers, many general photographic publications and also by many industry specific magazines and such publications.
Just be aware that your images must always be top notch in their technical execution and in their presentation as well.
Plan ahead, be very selective with your subject selections and be your own worst critic when it comes to evaluating your final images. If there is anything wrong, and it can be noticed by the naked eye, then it is probably a good idea to not submit your images.
For very small hardly noticeable imperfections such as very small dust particles, if you can get rid of them with the aid of a digital program such as Photoshop, then go ahead and try to fix them.
Remember to work in small areas and with the smallest of digital tools at your disposal. You must exercise patience so do not rush into a digital repair, slow wins the race as they say.
Apart from this you should not do much since not only will it be expected that you divulge the fact that your images were digitally retouched, but many editorials prefer not to use digitally enhanced or retouched photographs in the first place.
And by the way, don't overlook comical or other situations that fit the theme without actually showing a parent and offspring.
© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez
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