we talk about simplicity?
I first picked up a camera, I photographed a rainbow,
a sunset, something by candlelight, a sailboat, etc.
At that point, I ran out of obvious ideas and I had
a choice to make
the camera either went into
the closet and came out at Christmas and on birthdays,
or I was forced to dig deep into my soul and discover
some new subject matter.
I remember the day I got back a roll of B/W film from
the lab and discovered an image that I couldn't possibly
have taken. It was the first picture that wasn't centered,
lined up, or well thought out. My work, and my passion
changed that day. I started seeing differently.
Here are some pointers:
a tripod for every picture for a year! (Ultimately
youll use one forever for almost every picture)
OFF THE ON CAMERA FLASH, especially with digital
cameras. It ruins the mood of most pictures. The
exception would be the occasional fill flash image.
the rules! All of them. Forget the Rule
of Thirds! Stop centering every picture.
Slant the horizons. Distort with a wide angle
lens. Shake the camera! Experiment!
using gimmicks. For example, hand tinting B/W
photos is so overdone that only occasionally does
it have any impact! It better be exceptional!
Simple, straight photographs dont need any
peoples opinions of your work are not valid.
Yes, a comment about a technical item may be appropriate,
but YOUR composition isnt negotiable! They
are only telling you how THEY would have taken
the photo if they were there, which they werent.
Trust your own heart
probably have flunked art class!
can just document a subject or you can attempt
to photograph the way it makes you feel. Take
for example the Eiffel Tower. I doubt that there
are any ways left to document it. But there are
millions of ways to express the way it makes one
feel. Go with your heart! Always!
suspect there are others, but I think you get the
idea! The interesting thing for me is that any beginner
is perfectly capable of taking a photo that is better
than anything I've ever done in 20 years in his or
her's very first roll of film! Now that's exciting!