Well, even though I havenâ€™t yet finished organizing my official blog, I do hope to publish more issues of Photo Tips.Iâ€™m gratified, if frankly a bit surprised, at how many people have said they miss viewing it regularly and strongly urged me to keep the tips and images coming.
As I mentioned last time, every so often I will choose one or more of my photos and discuss why I made them, what I liked about them, what one can learn from them and how I could perhaps have improved them. In return I will ask you to give me your feedback, thoughts or questions. I still hope to set up the blog so we can make the process truly interactive and everyone, including me, can benefit from these two-way communications.
So here are three images, the first two made in Japan and the third in artist Frida Kahloâ€™s courtyard at her home (now a museum) in Mexico City. Do you see anything they might have in common?
When Iâ€™m out shooting I always keep my eyes open for compelling shapes, lines and patterns. Itâ€™s easy to walk right by these opportunities, but if youâ€™re alert and looking at everything with your â€œartistâ€™s eye,â€ you will sometimes notice them, perhaps because they appeal to your inner sense of order or design. They can be found anywhere, from your own neighborhood to a downtown street to a park or on a trip to an exotic location. On these occasions I would urge you to stop and carefully consider the photographic possibilities.
For example, in each of the scenes above, the geometric shapes and lines, complemented by what I felt were pleasing light patterns and colors, made me pause. The goal is to truly see, rather than simply look at, what's there. To practice, go out and take a lot of pictures that have interesting shapes, lines or patterns. But I also suggest you review some of your existing favorite photographs to see if you can identify any of these qualities that might have initially motivated you (perhaps sub-consciously) to push the shutter button. These feelings are often in effect the subject of your image...but more on that later.
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Next time: Make your pictures about rather than of something.
All the best,
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