Photography: Seeing Differently

Photography begins by getting out and using cameras, right? Actually, that’s wrong! The initial start to learning photography does not involve a camera. Not at first.

You might say that is a little strange since photography is all about using your camera. Well, such is not the case. Surely it is important to learn how to use the camera, no doubt. But learning real photography means learning to see the world differently. Seeing people, places or things differently.  Your work must stand out as creative in ways that uniquely belong to you. After all, if you are to be a good photographer, you have to see what the average person would overlook.

Try looking around your room or office at something normal. I picked my iPhone. Look closely at the object to see the intricate details. My iPhone has a green casing with tiny little scratches on the edge, if you look closely. Also, turning the screen a certain direction causes me to see little colorful dots in a special pattern that makes up the screen texture. This comes from intricately examining something typical in a way that would reveal something new about it.

This exercise is meant to open your mind to the things you may not normally notice. The reason for this is if you want to become a good photographer, you’ve got to see things in new ways. If you want to take landscape pictures, this helps you open your mind to the beauty of, say, the way a sun beam shines through the branches of a tall tree. Or if you get really good, taking the snap the instant you see a person’s facial expression change to a smile or laugh. Without finding  uniqueness or a new angle on your subject being photographed, pictures would all be the same everywhere. Your job as a photographer is to find your own unique way to capture your subject in a picture. This is what separates good photographers from great photographers.

When you take a picture, you must look deeper and analyze the subject or situation based upon what you want to reveal in the final photo. You never simply take a picture. Most of photography is a constant thought process. You need to be thinking about what it is you are photographing, how you plan to fit that subject into your picture, and determine in what ways you are able to expose creativity.

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