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Jackson is already taking nice photographs at 14-years-old. I like the framing of the group, the fact that the horn player is the only one facing forward makes this interesting.

Jackson is already taking nice photographs at 14-years-old. Using a Casio EX-S600, in black-and-white mode he captured this moment at the local coffee house. It might sound odd, but if you are going to pursue black-and-white photography, use the color mode on your camera. Shooting in color gives you options and more importantly your image file will have more information that you can work with to convert into black-and-white.

I like the framing of the group, the fact that the horn player is the only one facing forward makes this interesting. Seeing faces helps the viewer relate to the image so try other angles to get different results. Bands are fun to shoot since at one point or another different members are more involved and you can isolate their expressions and the way they play their instruments. There is a lot going on in this frame but by converting it to black and white you have maintained some order. Watch out for reflections like the one in the frame on the wall. You are off to a great start, keep practicing and keep trying different things.
_—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

_This photo gets three stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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