Think you have a special knack for artistic qualities in the world? Some people have a unique eye for seeing the world in a different and special way. Have you always wanted to share this worldview by using photography? One of the most frustrating things a new visual artist can encounter is putting their images onto their computer and finding that they don’t look like the idea they had in mind while shooting.
Focus, Focus, Focus
You know what’s different and unique, so arrange your shot as to remove any distractions or noise. Remember that anyone who sees your photo won’t know about anything that’s not in the frame, so leave as much to the imagination as possible. This draws more interest, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks, making them part of the art.
The reason a focal point is important is that when you look at an image your eye will generally need a ‘resting place’ or something of interest to really hold it. Without it you’ll find people will simply glance at your shots and then move on to the next one. A focal point can be virtually anything ranging from a person, to a building, to a mountain, to a flower etc.
When you take a picture, all you’re doing is capturing light, so be aware of your light sources and understand how they will interact with your camera. Making the most of natural lighting is usually best. Position a portrait subject near a large, bright window that does not receive direct sunlight. It makes for a no-cost softbox — no studio equipment necessary.
The more vast the disbursement of your light source is, the more understated your light will be. This concept works the same way in reverse. A wide range light source reduces shadows, contrast, and represses texture. When using a more broad source of light the rays illuminate your subject from several directions as opposed to just one. This tactic will help to fill in shadows and enlighten those dark spaces on the subject of your photo.
Capture the Moment
Be ready! Moments pass us by so very quickly, so it is vital to the quality of your photos to be on your toes. Whether you are trying to capture a bee on a flower or a kid on the soccer field, being prepared for action requires patience and practice. Some photo opportunities only last for a second, and if you don’t have your camera ready to go, you will likely miss it!
Always carry a camera. How basic can one be, but face the obvious – without a camera, you can’t get the shot. I know it seems silly to even say, but I cannot tell you how many times I have walked out of the house with no intention of taking pictures to have the perfect opportunity for a beautiful photograph staring me in the face without the means to capture it. The solution? Always carry your camera!