Do you find yourself getting so excited about photography that you get to the location pull out your camera and start clicking away and then get home and wonder why your photos just look the same/similar to others?
During a recent photography outing, I admit I was guilty of doing just that – click and run. What’s more embarrassing is my non-photographer partner was the one to burst my bubble and state the fact! I began to wonder where my creative edge had gone.
So on my photography outing, (aka location scouting trip) last weekend, I was determined to put this to the test and found a lighthouse to photograph, just a plain white, boring small lighthouse. I took photos from a distance, photos up close, photos of interesting parts, photos from each side.
I thought I was done but I had again forgotten some key elements, look at the different perspectives and angles, look at the light and shadows, get down low, get up high (if you can) get up close and personal and shoot from afar.
The lessons I look away from my outing gave me the idea to put together some photography tips to get creative juices flowing
- Look at the subject you want to photograph first, walk around it.
- Think about how you want to capture it, what do you want the image to say? – spend some time first getting to know your subject – don’t just click and run.
- Look at the light/shadows, are they creating interesting light and/or patterns.
- Look at your surrounding elements – do you want them as well?
- When you pick up your camera, now shoot each element, get down low/high and shoot it “until it’s dead”, you may be surprised at the outcome.
I hope some of my personal experience will help and inspire you to create something a little different the next time you are out with your camera.
Until next week.