“During the last ten years, my work has brought me to meet a lot of really interesting people around the world: from hanging out with the young and very cool people of Tokyo, to traveling with a nomadic group in Kyrgyzstan.
Although I met what we like to call “exotic” groups of people, in my photography, I try to remove the differences and emphasize the similarities.”
Oded’s Photography Tip:
My best tip is – get closer. When photographing a person from a distance, it is easy to emphasize the “different” and “exotic”. I find this kind of photography a bit old-fashioned.
Instead, try to get closer in order to tell the story of the individual. Showing a person with a tribal hat is nice to watch, but telling a story about this person, for me, is much more interesting.
In order to make it easier to carry out the previous tip, here is another one – leave your tele-lens at home. If you take a tele-lens with you, you will use it. If you use it, you will keep photographing people from a distance.
A wide (less than 50mm lens) will force you to get closer. Now, a lens which is wider then 50mm may create a distortion (expand the subject). That’s true. But then, so what?! Let it add a unique aspect to your image instead.
Oded used a Canon 5D Mark III (with a Canon 40D as a backup) with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens to capture these images.
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*Special thank from the author to Jane Cowan for help in writing this article.
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