Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"the Photographer's Eye"

Brooklyn Bridge
by Katie Laube
The idea is to give you tips on different subjects, like angles, lighting, developing your eye, etc. You don’t have to have a fancy SLR camera, being able to take a nice photo is about having the knowledge of how to use what you have. Knowing the cameras functions is important but looking at your surroundings and angles is important too. The technical details, such as knowing what f-stop and shutter speed to use, isn’t all you need to help you produce better pictures. You need to know what to look for. The easiest part is picking your subject. The simplest things can be the best pictures. “The Photographer’s Eye” is the skill of seeing the beautiful photographs in the world around you. For me this is the most important part.
I’m gonna share with you 3 basic guidelines of what to look for I learned in my photography course though the New York Institute of Photography:
1. A good photograph has a clear subject. The theme. It’s about someone or something, maybe even telling a story. It has to be clear; whoever looks at the photo knows immediately the subject and what you were going for.
2. A good Photographer focuses attention on the subject. The person viewing it is automatically drawn to the subject.
3. A good photographer Simplifies. Include only the elements that draw your eye to the subject. Exclude those elements that would distract from the subject.” (Take advantage of cropping! Too much background is a huge distraction, the sky might look beautiful but if you can’t tell it’s a picture of your dog then it’s too much.)
If you start thinking in these terms you’ll start seeing the world in a different way. I find myself looking for that special thing everywhere I go,  I’m constantly looking through my viewfinder.
The next post I’ll elaborate on these guidelines a little more cause like I said for me this is the most important part.
                                    I look forward to sharing more of what I learn with you!

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