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Developing my Photographic Sense

I really like photos like this, but I never see them in my own day-to-day life.

5 Responses to "Developing my Photographic Sense"

  1. I didn't for a long time either, then I realized it is because my brain just isn't wired that way. From chatting with various artist friend's, I have realized that their brains often are.

    However, it is a skill that can be learned.

    Pick an object, grab your camera, throw it in aperture priority mode and study the object through the lens, snapping pics along the way. Or go full manual.

    Make it a point of taking 100 images of the object where only you and the camera move.

    Then add a light source. A flashlight will do, especially if it can be clamped to something that you can move around. Take another 100 shots in groups of 5 or 10 where the light source angle/intensity are the only variables.

    This is also a useful exercise to understand how aperture and shutter speed impact images. I did the same with the camera on a tripod, taking 5 sets of a dozen images each with aperture varying between f/1.4 and f/22.

    Sometimes, it takes a scientific approach to yield art.

  2. Maybe it's just me, just I find those images dull as dishwater.

    It's just a zero depth of field shot with f1.4.

    I like many of the other images...

    But, to each his (or her) own I guess...

  3. Hi Erik,

    I found your blog several months ago and have been dropping by occasionally to read a post or two of your's and watch the pandemonium in the sylvan section.

    I wanted to say hi to everyone and say the picture of the cart really resonated with me. I thought you might appreciate this video.

  4. great advice. Now with digital cameras it really benefits you to take as many shots as possible and just experiment and then youll find what looks good and what doesnt. This is how most photographers teach themselves, not through classes etc, but just through taking lots and lots of photos.

  5. Developing your own style that distinguishes you is so important to developing yourself as a photographer so that people can eventually recognize your work by simply looking at it . Its definitely a tricky process though. It took me a while before I finally decided on the style I wanted for my work. It just takes experimentation and a little curiosity and eventually you’ll go with what suits you.