September 27th, 2010
Blog contributors He & She talk vision and bringing something new to the photo kitchen (like brownies) the next time you cook up a photo session!
As a photographer, you have a choice to take or make . You can take pictures, or you can make pictures. Taking consists of putting pretty people in pretty locations and pretty pictures. Making pictures consists of utilizing strengths of the location and the strengths of the subject(s) to make a powerful image, either compositionally or emotionally.
People who make pictures, prove that unique ideas exist. They use light, composition, design and the surroundings to create a recipe. No location is same, and no subject is the same, and therefore neither should treated as such. Making a picture is like cooking scratch. It’s creative, unique, and exciting (because sometimes don’t know what you’ll get!) Taking a picture is cooking from a box. The results are predictable and ordinary. Sure tastes good, but is it really satisfying? tastes good, but is it really satisfying?
When you make brownies, you don’t buy the ingredients for meatloaf. You know you want to make , so you gather the right ingredients. You the right elements to create your idea. Thus, photography brownies are like second cousins. You have to make a (or idea) to end up with something tasty. Do you take thousands of sporadic pictures, hoping that one will turn out right? If you start with a clear idea, you’ll end up with a stronger (and you’ll save your trigger finger the extra work!). (and you’ll save your trigger finger the extra work!).
It’s key to a vision of what you want before you look through the viewfinder. Making pictures takes time and patience. It’s okay to and figure it out, or pause and wait for the right moment. It’ equally vital to cut the crap! What do you want in the frame, what don’t you want? Do you want that ugly green car in background? Then why leave it there? Adjust your angle, rearrange scene, or move on. scene, or move on.
Awesome ideas suffer from lack of attention to detail. Once you come up with idea, simplify and clarify. Sometimes it’s the simplest that can push an image from being “good” to “great!” someone sees your photograph, they should say, “Oh snap! That’rad!” Who wants photographs that say, “Yo, I’m mediocre?” rad!” Who wants photographs that say, “Yo, I’m mediocre?”
So where do look for inspiration? Do you blog-stalk other wedding photographers, or do you look to other art forms? It’s perfectly okay ( strongly encouraged) to look outside of whatever industry you’re to bring new ideas to the table. to bring new ideas to the table.