Its the middle the day in the middle of summer. The sun’s shining and you’re out with a bunch of friends intent on taking some photographs. And the light’s dreadful. What to do?
I feel like something of a scratched record about this, banging on about photographic intentions yet again. But it’s important.
We all take disappointing pictures at times. To get out of the habit, we have to learn to see in a different, more conscious way.
In this article I describe some of the aesthetic decisions I made when processing a raw image file to get to picture of Berwick Pier.
Surprisingly perhaps, you can improve your own pictures by learning how to critique other peoples’ images. Being specific about, and putting into words, what you do and don’t like will help when you come to create your own images.
Do you need to tell people what your photograph is about? As ever it all depends on circumstances – what does your audience need to make the most of your images?
Being clear about your intentions for a photograph before you actually press the shutter button is the first step in creating images that say what you want them to say.
One of the hardest lessons to learn when starting with photography is not how to fit everything relevant into your pictures, but how to leave everything else out. Here are three steps I follow when I’m trying to create images with impact.
“Seeing Things” by Joel Meyerowitz was conceived as a “Kid’s Guide to Looking at Photographs”, but it works for older kids too. And why is this just a kids’ book? If you can get past the sub title on the cover page, this is a well written introduction to photographs that might just trigger a few of your own brain cells into action.