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How to be a better photographer

This article talks about how to be a better fine art photographer but I think many of the points made refer to being any type of photographer, it is worth reading all of this article.
“How do you proceed to grow and develop as a fine art photographer? Basically, regular use of your camera with deliberate intent, while paying attention to the following, is what brings it about.”
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How do you proceed to grow and develop as a fine art photographer? Basically, regular use of your camera with deliberate intent, while paying attention to the following, is what brings it about.

1. Pursue the Goal:

To make images that stir the viewer’s thinking and emotions.

2. Develop Your ‘Seeing’ Skills:

Its the first and most important skill that you need to learn.

‘Seeing’ exercises: Set aside 45 minutes from time to time around your home, with your camera and a subject that has your sustained interest. Relax for a few minutes then start taking pictures. Study part of your subject for a moment or two, then re-focus on another part of your subject and study it for a while. Become aware of colors and shapes. See how many details you can find. Then note the following:

  • Personal responses: You’re ‘tuning in’ to your feelings/thoughts to locate the subject matter, or portion of it, with most personal interest for you.
  • Impression: look at your chosen subject matter, or any part of it, and see it simply as a geometric shape or an arrangement of geometric shapes. Note the position where things look most graphically appealing.
  • Expression: What does the subject matter seem to express in the way of: Sensation; rough/smooth? hot/cold? sharp/dull? hard/soft? moving/still? Etc. And Emotion & Mood: love/hate? joy/sadness? anger/delight? peace/turmoil? Tranquility/disturbance? Respond with your perceptions of sensation and emotion.
  • Meaning: What ideas does the subject matter seem to suggest? Respond with your intellect.
  • Subject Theme: In view of your personal responses, the graphic impression, what is expressed and seems to be said, decide upon a subject theme, the main idea/feeling you wish to convey to the picture-viewer.

 MORE of this excellent article on Picture Correct by JohnMaxymuik

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