Here’s the thing. Being a gifted painter, doesn’t automatically translate into being a gifted photographer. While getting reference for a painting, I’ve taken photos that are absolute garbage. Honestly, I can take more than a dozen photos just to get one that’s worthy of being turned into a painting.
To illustrate, here are six photos of some antelope I took at the zoo,
and here's the one drawing I made from just one of those photos.
If you’re able to get your subject to pose for you, you might be able to take just one photo and have it work, but a lot of times that won’t be the case. Often your subject, especially if it’s an animal will be moving around, constantly changing positions.
When trying to get a good reference photo of moving subject, just worry about pressing the shutter button. Don’t stop to look at what you’re getting. I do this myself, but it’s a bad habit. After all, painting worthy moments might only last for a split second, so if you might miss a golden opportunity to take a fantastic reference photo if you’re constantly looking at the photos you’ve already taken.
When you’re done taking pictures, then you can look through the files on your phone and decide which ones you want to keep and paint from and which ones you want to chuck.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife