THE EYE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER
What does a photographer see that the average person not see? Do they see something different? What do they look for when they see an image? Why do their photos turn out better than yours, when you take the same picture? Here is a perspective from a professional photographer who thought about this a lot, and realized that there is something to this. Check this out:
ARTICLE BY: JOAQUIN DUENAS
And originally published in: PictureCorrect
The world looks different to a photographer than it does to everyone else. Why can a photographer capture flat images and turn them into art? The eye of a photographer sees light, details, shadows, highlights, shapes and how they interact with each other.
The world looks different if you see it with both eyes rather than with only one eye. Close an eye and look at an object. Do you see what I mean? Well, by closing an eye before taking a shot, you will have a pretty good idea of what you can expect from your image.
Photographers explore the light and texture. Light is probably their most important tool. Photographers are intrigued by the way the nature of light affects the way things are seen. Intensity, direction, and type of light offer the photographer a potential for visual exploration. Photographers have mastered how to use the rules of composition and know when to break them. Photography is a process.
Our eyes work similar to a camera. Here are some facts that you might even find amusing: Our eyes have a resolution of around 560 megapixels. They can differentiate around 10 million shades of colors. The ISO of an eye is not great; it can be measured at around 800, and in low light, our eyes do not see color. The equivalent of the aperture would be f/3.5 with a focal length of 20mm. The great thing about our eyes is that they have auto white balance, auto ISO, and a very high dynamic range.
Some photographers have the eye when they’re born, but most of us develop it after practice and training. It can take several years to begin to notice things differently.
A photographer doesn’t need expensive equipment to take great photos. The best camera gear in the world is not going to help a photographer see or be aware of his or her surroundings. It’s all about the art of seeing. With a photographer’s eye, you see things in a way that others don’t. That different way of seeing makes an impression on the people viewing our images.
A photographer thinks in photography concepts and sees in terms of photography. If you enjoy taking pictures, your attitude will show up in the final image.
Everything has the potential to be captured. It’s all about picturing an image in your head and making it happen. The more you do it, the better you get at it.
About the Author:
This article was written by Joaquin Duenas. Website: theduenitas.com. Facebook: DCreativeSolutions. The Duenitas Digital World is based in Miami, Florida and covers South Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.
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5 HABITS EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD DEVELOP
AS YOU BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER, AND I MEAN, IN THIS CASE, A VERY BASIC PHOTOGRAPHER, EVEN ONE WHO USES THEIR CELL PHONE ALL THE TIME, THERE ARE A FEW BASIC HABITS YOU NEED TO GET INTO TO TAKE DECENT PHOTOS WITH YOUR BASIC CAMERA. I BRING THIS UP BECAUSE THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY LOUSY PICTURES I SEE COMING DOWN ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT I WISH SOMEONE WOULD TELL PEOPLE THESE BASIC STEPS:
1- PLEASE CLEAN YOUR LENS EVERY TIME YOU TAKE PICTURES
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AT LEAST WITH A CELL PHONE, THIS IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM. BUT LOOK HOW MANY TIMES YOU HOLD IT. YOU ARE GOING TO TOUCH THE LENS OF THE CAMERA WITH YOUR SLIMY HANDS. BUT YOUR HANDS ARE CLEAN. OK, GO UP TO THE GLASS ON YOUR WINDOW AND TOUCH IT WITH YOUR FINGER. DID IT LEAVE A FINGERPRINT? YES? OK, IT WILL LEAVE A FINGERPRINT ON YOUR LENS OF YOUR CAMERA. AND YOU DO IT ACCIDENTLY. I AM NOT CHASTISING ANYONE, I AM JUST STATING FACT. BEFORE YOU TAKE ANY PHOTO WITH ANY CAMERA, JUST CLEAN THE LENS. THE BIGGER DSLR CAMERAS, YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE TO SO MUCH BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LENS CAP ON TO PROTECT THIS FROM HAPPENING OF COURSE, BUT, THESE SMALL CAMERAS, JUST GET IN THE HABIT.
2- LEARN WHAT YOUR CAMERA CAN REALLY DO FOR YOU
MORE THAN JUST SNAP PHOTOS, IT CAN HELP YOU TAKE BETTER PHOTOS. YOUR CAMERA IN YOUR CELL PHONE CAN DO MORE THAN JUST TAKE PHOTOS. IT PROBABLY HAS A FLASH, IT PROBABLY HAS DIFFERENT TYPE OF PHOTO MODES, SUCH AS ACTION SHOTS, PORTRAIT SHOTS, ETC. FIND OUT WHAT YOUR CAMERA CAN DO FOR YOU AND WATCH AND SEE HOW YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CAN CHANGE FOR YOU.
3- LEARN WHEN TO USE HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL FORMATTING:
WHEN YOU TAKE A PICTURE, YOU SHOULD TRY TO FILL THE FRAME……WITH THE SUBJECT. SO, IN THIS CASE, THE WOLF, OR ANIMAL SHOULD PROBABLY FILL THE FRAME HORIZONTALLY. A PERSON, PROBABLY VERTICALLY. 2 LEGS – VERTICALLY HOLD YOUR CAMERA. 4 LEGS – HOLD YOUR CAMERA HORIZONTALLY. FILL YOUR FRAME. YOU WILL LIKE IT BETTER.
4- IF YOU LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES, LEARN FROM OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS
SO YOU TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS, GRANDKIDS, AND THAT’S ALL YOU WANT TO TAKE PICTURES OF. JUST A HUGE AMOUNT OF MEMORY PHOTOS. AND YOU LIKE TO SHOW THEM OFF TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES, RIGHT?
WELL HOW LONG BEFORE THEY GET TIRED OF LOOKING AT PICTURES THEY DON’T WANT TO SEE? IF YOU TOOK PICTURES THAT HAD GREAT COMPOSITION, HAD GOOD LIGHTING, HAD SOME GOOD POSING TECHNIQUES, WOULD THEY START ENJOYING YOUR PHOTOS MORE? TAKE A LOOK AT PHOTOS THAT YOU ENJOY, AND YOU MIGHT START LEARNING FROM THEM. TAKE A LOOK AT PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND LEARN HOW THEY POSE THEM, SEE THE LIGHTING, NOTICE HOW THE COMPOSITION IS IN THE PHOTO. MAYBE LINK TO A GOOD WEBSITE TO LEARN HOW TO TAKE PICTURES ONCE IN A WHILE (www.123photogo.com). That’s a good one.
5- LEARN HOW TO HOLD A CAMERA CORRECTLY
I KNOW THIS SEEMS REALLY BASIC, AND IT IS, BUT, IT JUST NEEDS TO BE A HABIT TO LEARN RIGHT AWAY. I SEE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME THAT HOLD THEIR CAMERA IN THE STRANGEST POSITION, AND THEY GET BLURRY PICTURES. OR THEIR ELBOW IS STICKING WAY OUT, AND THEY WONDER WHY THEY GET BUMPED ALL THE TIME. OR THEY TRY TO DO IT ONE HANDED SOME TIMES AND WONDER WHY THEY GET BLURRY PICTURES. THERE IS A REASON FOR TRIPODS, AND IT IS TO MAKE SHARP PICTURES, AND IF YOU CAN MIMIC A TRIPOD IN ANY WAY, THEN YOU CAN BETTER YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY. ONCE AGAIN, LOOK AT A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER, OR ASK HOW TO HOLD YOUR CAMERA. IT WILL HELP YOU A LOT.
NOW THIS ARTICLE WAS MEANT TO HELP THOSE WHO TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS WITH A CELL PHONE CAMERA, OR A SMALL CAMERA. I HOPE YOU HAVE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE YOUR PICTURES BETTER. I LOVE SEEING PHOTOS TAKEN BY A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER BY THEIR CELL PHONE. THEY HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO DO THE ABOVE STEPS.
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