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.
I love close up photography. To me it brings the natural beauty of the things around us, that we take for granted, and lets us see that it is even more beautiful than we even imagined. I chuckled a bit as I was preparing for this subject, as I was looking for good photos to show on this week’s blog. My definition of close-up photos is different than some people…. like NASA. They were showing close-up photos (they say) of the tiny planet Pluto. As you know, after 9 years of travel, a satellite has reached close enough to take pictures of this planet. I guess in perspective of NASA, that is definitely closer than we have ever seen before, but, taking a picture of something that is thousands of miles away, is not what I had in mind.
Let’s get started with what we have. I find it amazing with the equipment that is out there, how almost anyone can take close-up photography. Most smart phone cameras even have great lenses, and the capabilities to take great close-up photos. I have a smart phone camera that has a close-up capability and have taken some great photos with it. Sometimes, in order to do it, you have to go into a menu to switch the mode to close-up photography, and other cell phones do it automatically. So, check your camera and see just how close you can get, and what you need to do. Remember that some of these newer cell phone cameras have great resolution for a small camera.
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Photo Credit: Laurie Excell
I love on this second photo, how you can see the droplets of water on the flower. Doesn’t that add just that much more beauty to the close-up?
The regular point and shoot cameras are becoming even better stars in the close-up world. I have a camera that has close up features that also allows me to shoot underwater. I can actually take pictures of my fish, still on the line, within a foot of the camera.
The bigger DSLR cameras are the serious type cameras. With lens attachments, or even more specific, a macro lens, you have it all the way. Some of these lenses will allow you to get even closer than what you see above. I do need to mention that when you get closer to things, it amplifies your camera movement. So, as you get closer and closer to subjects, you do have to use a tripod to stop the camera jiggles, more than the subject from moving. Here are just some examples of incredible close-up photos taken with DSLR cameras with either a macro lens or lens attachments:
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There are several ways to accomplish real close up photos. If you go to a website that specializes in macro photography, you can count on them not only using a macro lens, but, they may use an extension tube, which is a small lens extension between the macro lens and the body that still keeps the automation of the lens, but, just increases the magnification of the macro. Then you can get even closer to the subject. Then you can do some things like this:
This photo is so close, I almost don’t find it attractive, but, for learning purposes only, have you ever seen this with the naked eye? Not usually. This is what macro photography can do for you. See what I mean, that Macro, or Micro photography gets you into a whole new world to explore. It will simply amaze you what you will discover.
The type of equipment that many serious Macro photographers can use are:
See a whole new world with macro photography. Every good photographer should have some kind of way to do some incredible photos with their camera, so add that to your list of doing in your portfolio.
Once in a while wouldn’t you just love to take a picture, without having to go into the computer afterwards and spend all this extra time in post production to fix your photo? There has to be a way in your camera to make these things happen.
Well known photographer Meghan B. has figured it out and wrote an article in Picture/Correct of how to do and I think it’s brilliant: Here we go:
For street photographers, few obstacles are as difficult to work around as crowds. No matter the hour, there’s sure to be someone walking through your periphery. And more often than not, passersby can seriously disrupt a composition. However, most photographers can’t exactly shut down a street in order to snag a shot.
Luckily, photographer David Bergman has a way of solving this issue in camera—no Photoshop required:
Often times, photographers working during the day opt to keep their shutter speeds short and sweet in order to get a properly exposed image. However, doing so effectively freezes crowds in place.
Slowing down the shutter speed allows the crowd and other active objects in the frame to retain some degree of movement and flow. The longer the shutter remains open, the less distinct figures in the composition become. After just a few seconds, people walking through the frame begin to disappear entirely.
Of course, it’s necessary to adjust your settings to compensate for using a slower shutter speed. In order to avoid over exposing your images, lower you ISO and close down your aperture. It may also be wise to use an ND filter to cut down on the amount of light hitting the sensor. In addition, as with any long exposure photograph, it’s important to keep the camera stable while the exposure is in progress. Bring along a tripod to secure the camera and attach a cable release to avoid unnecessary camera shake.
So the next time you want to get rid of some of the hustle and bustle to make a photograph, you don’t have to wait around for the crowds to dissipate. Instead, try this simple adjustment and see for yourself the difference it can make!
A note on this: some people may not like the small amount of “ghosting” on the photo. The choices are yours of course. But, as in all photos, you make the final call.