Photography - A New Look.

Photography – A New Look

When we pick up our camera what are we looking for ?

We’ve absorbed the writings, the advice, the pictures contained in hundreds of books, thousands of magazines and umpteen hours spent on the internet. But we are still not satisfied with the outcome after a stint with our camera. We all think, when we start for the door, camera equipment heavy on our shoulders, that we will take some great pictures. However, when we get back to edit the pictures, we find that focus could be better, the horizon isn’t very straight, we hadn’t cut the picture exactly where we wanted it, the background isn’t as blurred as expected, the colours do not pop. If we’ve sent the images to a printer for a book and the pictures come back so so, we can get distraught.

Now, all these things can be corrected in a good editor like Adobe’s Photoshop, but wouldn’t you feel more pleased with yourself if the pictures straight off the camera looked really good save for a little developing from the RAW file.

One of the main reasons that the above faults occur is that the photographer did not have a clear idea what he was going to photograph that day. One of the things that separate the professional from the keen amateur is that the professional has a clear idea what he is going to photograph the night before he goes out. If the photojournalist is on assignment to bring back some pictures of a political figure for his newspaper editor, he has a clear idea in his head what he will photograph. A wildlife photographer, preparing a book, will not go out expecting to shoot large landscapes or portraits of people. A portrait photographer in his studio awaiting a client knows exactly what he is going to do.

The point of all this is to show that the professional does not go out with vague ideas and does not shoot landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, loose portraits of groups of people all on the same day nor in fact ever.

The keen amateur tries to cram as many subjects in his day with the camera because he may not get another day for quite a while. He takes his camera and all his equipment on holiday only to find that people in his group are having more fun,

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and success, shooting candid photos with their iphones, Galaxys or whatever phone they carry.

If any of above applies to you or you are just a bit dissatisfied with your photographs, even though you have bought that latest DSLR that all the magazines raved about and a bag full of lenses for every situation, then try the below for the next 12 months and I guarantee your images will benefit from the change.

FIND YOUR NICHE ! Somewhere along your journey through photography, there has been times that you have really enjoyed and your photographs have reflected that enjoyment. Whether this was mountain landscapes, streets of cities, nightscapes, portraits, whatever – this is probably your niche. If you decide that this is the area of photography you get the most enjoyment from and the best results then stick with it for 12 months.

You will then be able to say that when you pick your camera up, you know exactly what you are looking for.

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