How to take photos of “Something you fear”

Photo by Melanie Wasser on Unsplash

From the author of the photo above:

“We all have fears. Darkness, death, automatic flushing. These fears make up who we are. We should embrace them. Face them head on. Don’t let them define you.

This quote is so true, and as I thought about what fears we all have…. taking photos of your fears is an incredible tool.

Say you have a fear of the dark. Of course the one thing that can help you overcome that fear, so they say, is to be up front, and face your fear. Can you think of using your photography for facing that fear. There are some amazing photos taken in the dark, and I often wonder if the photographer did that to help get rid of their fear of the dark.

I know there are a lot of people that darkness is a fear. I want to give you some photos taken from people in the dark. Notice the beauty you can find in the dark:

Photo by Akira Hojo on Unsplash

Now, of course the thought process of taking photos in the dark, is there is an opposite of what your fears are. Looking at that hand in the dark…. hopefully will make you realize that light, no matter how small, can bring a sense of hope to you.

Here’s another one of the dark:

Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash

In taking photos of the dark, you need to realize that taking a photo in total darkness won’t get you a picture. Also, in darkness, there is always the tiniest amount of light in there, WHICH OVERCOMES THE DARKNESS.

IS YOUR FEAR A PHOBIA?

Here is a list of the top 10 Phobia’s:

1. Arachnophobia: The fear of spiders. This phobia tends to affect women more than men.

2. Ophidiophobia: The fear of snakes.

3. Acrophobia: The fear of heights.

4. Agoraphobia: The fear of situations in which escape is difficult. This may include crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home. Approximately one third of people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia.

5. Cynophobia: The fear of dogs. This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood.

6. Astraphobia: The fear of thunder and lightning.

7. Trypanophobia: The fear of injections. Like many phobias, this fear often goes untreated because people avoid the triggering object and situation.

8. Social Phobias: The fear of social situations. In many cases, these phobias can become so severe that people avoid events, places, and people that are likely to trigger an anxiety attack.

9. Pteromerhanophobia: The fear of flying. Often treated using exposure therapy, in which the client is gradually and progressively introduced to flying.

10. Mysophobia: The fear of germs or dirt. May be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Reference: psychology.about.com

If photography can help you eliminate your fears, you need to do what makes you the most fearful.

If you have a serious fear, click the play button above.

Going back to a movie that many people are familiar with: Batman. If you recall in Bruce Wayne’s life, the one thing he feared the most was bats. And he decided to just be surrounded with them, to the point that they did not bother him anymore.

Let’s look at #8 – The Fear of Social Situations, or being in crowds:

That is truly a big fear to some people. Look at what soldiers have to do. If any of them have the fear of being in a crowd, they get forced in to it to allow them to stay in the military. By the time they get home, the problem is solved. For fun, if you are afraid of crowds, grab your camera, and go take pictures of people in the crowds.

If you love photography, and you have any fears at all, plan on just facing your fears by going out and taking pictures of what your biggest fear is. You will be glad you did.

51 different subjects in Photography. Only 9 left to go and we have a training session on them all.
Tomorrow’s subject: Taking pictures of a hand. Interesting subject.

HOW TO “REALLY” TAKE CARE OF YOUR CAMERA AND LENSES:

Oh, I hope you don’t think this going to be one of those boring subjects, but, I have learned from professionals and instructors alike that this is one of the main courses in becoming a good photographer. And that is the proper care of your camera and lenses.

Let’s get started first with the camera: I am going to refer especially to a DSLR type camera so that once you know all the details in this, you can certainly take care of anything else photographic.

A DSLR camera has several points of interest in taking care of your camera. The first is how to take care of the body. Nothing like a video to show you how to do it:

Now, I am sure this was done to promote their products, and I have no problem with this. You can generally find similar products at any camera store. By the way, I said a camera store. Walmart is not a camera store….

Your lens is the actual item that makes the photo. That is where the image comes from. It is the most important part of taking photos, and should be the most important thing to take care of. Here is the best video I found for that:

This is mostly about lens care, but more great info about camera care as well.

Now, how about those who use their cell phone for their photography. That is important for those who don’t carry their regular DSLR camera with them everywhere, but all of a sudden you see something to take a photo of, and all you have is your cell phone. Here is what you need to know:

Very to the point, and I like it’s detail. Watch this too!

Please learn these basic principles of how to take care of your camera, and you will enjoy your camera, no matter what it is.

Photo of the day:

Sky diving is an adventurous sport in itself – not many can dare to try it. But as if it weren’t thrilling enough, there’s a another type of sky diving loved by adrenaline junkies called “wingsuit rodeo”. If you haven’t heard of it, this involves a non-wingsuiter riding on the back of a wingsuiter after jumping off an airplane from about 13,500ft. Sounds crazy right? A Reddit user by the name of skwrl71 took this amazing photo which gives a perfect view of the diver’s experience:

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“Wingsuit Rodeo” by skwrl71 (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

The photographer took the image on a helmet-mounted Sony A7RIII activated by a “bite switch”. He took the photo at an altitude of about 8,000 feet from the ground after they’d jumped from an aircraft at 13,500ft. In case you’re wondering, the photographer was also wearing a wingsuit and it’s impressive how he was able to get this perfect composition while still having to maneuver his flight.

“I was probably flying about 2 yards from them as I took this.”

The clouds in the background and the ground down below give an awesome perspective of how high they were flying. And what’s interesting is how calm the lady appears mid-air. As the photographer explains, this was her 100th skydive but first rodeo.

Would you try this adventure sport if you got a chance?

GETTING STARTED WITH STREET PHOTOGRAPHY:

Street photography is a genre that is gaining in popularity, but, there are certainly certain rules that you need to be aware of. Plus, understanding what type of equipment you will need is big key to street photography:

Here is an amazing video of what is needed in becoming a great street photographer. Please watch closely:

Click on the link above to learn all you can from Street Photographer KingJvpes

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Street photography is undoubtedly one of the most popular genres of photography, mostly because you don’t have to go very far to find subjects. However, don’t make the mistake of believing street photography is simply photographing people on the street—the genre is much deeper than that. If you’re looking to getting started with street photography, the following video by photographer Jonathan Paragas is a must-watch. He shares tips and tricks for street photography that are equally useful for beginner and advanced street photographers:

A great thing about street photography is that you don’t need a lot of gear. Just a camera body and lens, or even a smartphone will suffice. Don’t let heavy gear drag you down; remember, you’ll be walking quite a lot when taking street photos. And instead of spending too much money on gear, invest it in traveling. You’ll get to shoot in new locations, photograph different people and achieve a greater variety in your portfolio.

“No matter what lens or camera combination you’re shooting, when it comes to street photography, you have to remember that less is more.”

It’s not easy going out with a camera and photographing strangers. You need to be confident. Otherwise, you’ll be shying away from a lot of photo opportunities. For beginner street photographers, Paragas suggests going out with other photographer friends. This way you will also be mistaken for tourists, which will make taking photos much easier.

Finally, go through street photography books and the works of other street photographers. You’ll get a sense of what subjects to look out for and how to shoot them. Their work will also help you develop a vision and an eye for street photography.

I have a friend street photographer in France that takes incredible photos. Here are just a few:

Photo by Elisabeth Engels / France
Photo by Elisabeth Engels / France
Photo by Elisabeth Engels / France
Photo by Elisabeth Engels / France
Photo by Elisabeth Engels / France
Photo by Elisabeth Engels / France

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU POST YOUR PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Social Media is big now for photographers. Just why do you post your photos on social media, and the question is: Why do you post your photos of social media? Do you do it so that other photographers can learn from you? Or do you do it to get your name and photos out to the world, hoping that you might make money in the future?

The person who knows about this, is a special video presentation I have for you. If you post your photos, or just want to post your photos, then watch this:

If you want to post your photos on social media, or thinking about it, watch this first.

First off, it’s important to set your objectives clear on why you’re posting on social media. Do you want to post because you want to be a resource for others who want to learn from you? Or, do you want to post your images to share your best work? The path you choose will dictate what you should or shouldn’t be doing.

If you want to post as a resource to people, you’d want to include all the information for the gear, location, and techniques that you used to take a particular photograph. You might also want to use appropriate hashtags so that people can find your posts easily. On the other hand, if you’re only concerned with posting your best work so you can use it as a portfolio, all of that is unnecessary.

In any case, Day has a valuable suggestion – never rush with posting your images. Never take photos just to post them immediately on social media. Take time to get to know your work. Scrutinize the image before you’re absolutely sure about posting it. This way you can ensure that you only showcase your best work. Putting out consistent and excellent posts will also ensure that your potential clients are confident about who they’ll be working with.

“Let the photos marinate. Don’t just throw them out there on social media.”

Am I using social media? Yes, you can see my on Facebook (3 accounts), Twitter, Instagram, and more coming soon.

This photo recently posted on Facebook:

Night photo of a street lamp encased in the trees.

Learning about negative space or minimalism in your photos:

There seems to be a new trend in photography often called minimalism, or negative space. It happens when there is a lot of background and very little subject. It reminds me of putting a photo in a frame that has a huge matte around the photo. It is very appealing and I think a lot of people will enjoy this type of photography.

If this is something you would like to try, read this below from fellow photographer: MANGO STREET, as posted on Picture/Correct.

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Negative space draws more attention to the subject by simply isolating it. At the same time, negative space lets your photos breathe and also conveys a mood of solitude. When used correctly, negative space itself can be the subject of your photograph. The following are things to keep in mind when working with negative space:

1. Location

Get to a location where you can find plenty of open space or unobstructed sky. Locations like the beach, an open field, or a place where you can see hills work great.

2. Light & Time of Day

The lighting and time of day dictate the mood conveyed by the negative space. For instance, during foggy conditions, the grey negative space will convey a moody feeling.

But, if you take a similar photo during the colorful hours of sunset or sunrise, the feeling will be more joyous.

“Think about what type of light will reinforce the mood you want for your photos.”

3. Perspective

The perspective from which you shoot plays a huge role in isolating your subjects. For instance, if you want to isolate your subjects with the sky as the backdrop, shooting from a lower perspective will help. Place your subjects on higher ground and shoot from below.

On the other hand, if the ground is clear of distractions, you can shoot from a higher vantage point with the subject placed below.

4. Focal Length

The choice of focal length will entirely depend on the location and the style you’re going for. A longer focal length will let you photograph subjects that are farther away. Another advantage of using a longer focal length is that the compression will draw the background closer to the subject and make your work a bit easier.+

That doesn’t mean wide-angle lenses aren’t fit for the job. If the background is clean, you can shoot with a wider perspective to place your elements against that background.

5. Post Processing

If time and resources are constraints, it’s always best to get the images right in camera. By photographing in locations that are free from distractions, you’ll save yourself a lot of time. But since conditions aren’t ideal every time, you can get away with editing the images.

Use Lightroom or other similar software to adjust parameters like exposure, white balance, and contrast. But, to do more of the heavy lifting tasks like removing elements from the image, you can switch over to Photoshop. The clone stamp tool and healing brushes in Photoshop work great to get rid of distractions.

Notice the distracting elements in the background.
Distractions in the background removed in Photoshop.

In Photoshop, you can even create some extra negative space by extending the background. This works best in images that have a really flat and uniform background. Here’s how to do it:

  • Using the Crop tool, extend the crop in the direction of the background.
  • Then, select the blank extended area and hit Shift + Delete.
  • Choose Content-Aware fill and hit OK. This will do most of the heavy lifting and fill the empty space with similar content to the background.
  • If you notice hard lines along the fill, use the healing brush tool to give it the finishing touches.

6. Bonus Tips

Feel free to break any traditional rules of composition. Rather than investing your time in abiding by the rules, see how you can convey your message. The image below doesn’t comply with the rule of thirds but shows the openness and the vastness of the sea very well.

If your subject is colorful, it will stand out better from the background.

If there are lot of elements in your image, have the subject placed closest to your lens. This will help in directing viewers toward the subject rather than leaving them wondering.

These simple yet effective tips will definitely help you make better use of negative space to draw more attention to your subjects.

If you like a video version of this example, click on this link:

Click on this video to get even more information.

Here are some more “Minimalist” or negative space photos:

Minimalist landscape 1
minimalist landscape 2