HOW DO YOU DEVELOP AN EYE FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC ART ?

How do you develop your photography style to become an art?

CoLa60180-E006-1503458004536

THERE COMES A POINT IN EVERYONE’S PHOTOGRAPHY LIFE, WHEN YOU WANT TO STEP IT UP.  WHEN YOU WANT YOUR PHOTOS TO BE ABOVE ORDINARY AND BECOME “WOW”.   AND YOU KNOW YOU EITHER HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT OR BUY SOMETHING DIFFERENT, OR JUST LEARN MORE SO THAT YOU CAN STEP UP TO BE NOTICED AS A TRUE ARTIST.  AND YOU ARE RIGHT.  I FOUND AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY MARGARET CRANFORD  THAT I THINK TOTALLY COVERS EVERYTHING THAT I WOULD WANT TO SAY.  PLEASE READ THIS AND SEE IF YOU DON’T GET UPLIFTED WITH THIS:

Author:  Margaret Cranford / PictureCorrect:

Although there is much pleasure to be derived from taking

a technically excellent photograph, there is a strong

argument that a truly great shot depends most on your eye.

Look at the photographs you see every day in magazines, the press, or on display in a gallery. The shots you really take note of are the unexpected–the ones that catch a moment that could have been unnoticed and missed forever.

“Ruin” captured by PictureSocial member Linus

Most of us–and probably all of us who hanker after taking a memorable photograph–can recognize a great view or a breathtaking sight. After all, this is why there are scenic routes, lookout points, and sightseeing trips all over the world. However, how many of the photographs taken at such set opportunities fail to grab you in the same way that the actual scene does? Often it’s because the picture has a clichéd air to it: it’s the same view of the same scene that a thousand other photographers have snapped before.


Look for an aspect of a shot that others will have missed. A different angle, something incongruous that only you have noticed, a certain shadow… Quite often this happens by accident, and you only see how good or how average your photograph is when you upload it and start editing. So take multiple shots in each session, and then study them critically to see how cropping, adjusting the colors and other editing techniques can turn an ordinary photograph into a great one.

“Orleans, France” captured by PictureSocial member Clive Orange

You also need to develop your ability to look at ordinary

scenes with a fresh eye, to spot the beautiful or unexpected

in ordinary surroundings. Heading for a well-known

beauty spot is in itself clichéd, and unlikely to produce a

memorable picture. However, how many people take

photographs around the place you live? How many people

take photographs on your street?

“Sugar Cane” captured by PictureSocial member Alan Nixon

Look local, get out and about in your area, finding the less

well-trodden path the over-looked backwater, and see what

your eyes are showing you. Remember to change your

viewpoint; as shots taken low down or looking down are

often the most dramatic and unusual. Look up too, as it

amazes me how many people just look around themselves

at eye level, never spotting the architecture and life that is

going on above their head.

 

“Fountains Abbey” captured by PictureSocial member Gavin Long

Once you have found the sort of photography that means

the most to you, whether that is landscape, action, wildlife,

urban, macro or portraiture, you can learn more about the

techniques and equipment need to take better and better

shots. Your eye and your ability to see a good shot come

first.

 

About the Author:
Margaret Cranford (alecarte dot com) is a photographed based in Clevedon, North Somerset in the UK (
redbubble.com/people/magsart). She creates and sources watercolour paintings, photographs and prints.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: