DEVELOPING YOUR EYE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
It is true that not all people have the "eye" for photography. At least not at first. Can anyone do photography? That is a question still unanswered, because some people have wanted to become photographers, tried and then given up. They have spent thousands of dollars into equipment, but just haven't got the "eye" for photography. Or can that be developed (no pun intended)? Let's take a look at this subject from a professional photographer who has studied this idea.
Author: Margaret Cranford / PictureCorrect:
Although there is much pleasure to be derived from taking a technically excellent photograph, there is a strong argument that a truly great shot depends most on your eye.Look at the photographs you see every day in magazines, the press, or on display in a gallery. The shots you really take note of are the unexpected–the ones that catch a moment that could have been unnoticed and missed forever.
Most of us–and probably all of us who hanker after taking a memorable photograph–can recognize a great view or a breathtaking sight. After all, this is why there are scenic routes, lookout points, and sightseeing trips all over the world. However, how many of the photographs taken at such set opportunities fail to grab you in the same way that the actual scene does? Often it’s because the picture has a clichéd air to it: it’s the same view of the same scene that a thousand other photographers have snapped before.
Look for an aspect of a shot that others will have missed. A different angle, something incongruous that only you have noticed, a certain shadow… Quite often this happens by accident, and you only see how good or how average your photograph is when you upload it and start editing. So take multiple shots in each session, and then study them critically to see how cropping, adjusting the colors and other editing techniques can turn an ordinary photograph into a great one.
About the Author:
Margaret Cranford (alecarte dot com) is a photographed based in Clevedon, North Somerset in the UK (redbubble.com/people/magsart). She creates and sources watercolour paintings, photographs and prints.
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