IN SEARCH OF GREAT BEAUTY IN NATURE:

person walking between green forest trees
Photo by Luis del Río on Pexels.com

Sometimes I feel like just taking my camera out in to nature and see what types of great photos I can get. But you know it’s a skill to go out in to nowhere and try to find a photo that meets your criteria. You want to get great photos of nature, but, how do you just come up with great photos when the scenery, the clouds, the weather don’t just turn out.

Today, I have found a video that I think tells us how one photographer (Simon Booth) just goes out and finds amazing photos to take regardless of the conditions. That to me is a special exercise called: “LEARNING TO SEE”.

I have done several courses in just that subject. There are things all around us, if we just learn to look around us, and find the right photo. I have developed a special course on “LEARNING TO “SEE” A PHOTO, THEN CREATE YOUR MASTERPIECE”. JUST “CLICK HERE” To order your special download copy now

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The above video is so good, because he can find a photo, almost everywhere he goes. For more information also go to: CLICK HERE – How to make your photos truly unforgettable.

TRY THE 10 METER CHALLENGE / LEARN TO “SEE A PHOTO”

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If you have been a follower of this blog for some time, the one thing I hope everyone learns from these blogs, is “HOW TO “SEE” A PHOTO”.

I, along with other photographers, believe that there are photo opportunities missed every day, right around us. If we would just look around us and see what you could take and make it “artistic”.

black man standing with cup of coffee and croissant near akita inu
Can you make some “interesting” or “artistic” photo of your pet? —– Photo by Zen Chung on Pexels.com

I recently saw this idea called: THE 10 METER CHALLENGE (Around 30 feet). A photographer instructor said to take the challenge, you would look around you and within 10 meters, find something to photograph.

The ability to take an everyday scene and construct from it a superb image will require your application of some or all of the following:

  • vision to see the various elements that might be included in an image
  • concentration and time to develop the idea and assimilate all the components
  • awareness to recognize the potential of a color, shape and form
  • observation to study the scene and time enough to mentally collate the aspects of the image and to try them out in camera
  • willingness to try something new
woman with outstretched arms standing on hill with grazing goats
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Once you have selected your particular environment, and isolated some elements for a composition, then take some time to arrange and rearrange them in your mind. Walk around, kneel, lie down and test different perspectives. Work the opportunity and let the image evolve, don’t rush it. You may get a few strange looks in certain circumstances, but that is the price you pay.

Pick your spot: outside or inside, and look around you from there.

If you choose to stand outside, in your backyard, you could select objects like: Birds, leaves in the light, different perspective of the trees, etc.

If you choose inside, pick house plants, your children, a portrait of your spouse, etc.

morkies resting on bed near infant
Photo by Sarah Chai on Pexels.com

If you want to wait until you have a stormy or cloudy day, then that would be fine. But, in this challenge see if you can find at least 10 to 20 different things to photograph. Once you have completed the assignment, would you like to share your photos with everyone? We have a website just for sharing photos : photos@smartphonesmartphotographer.com

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK ! ART AND CULTURE !

Photo by Liel Anapolsky on Unsplash

We are surrounded by art and culture every day. It is a part of our world. Today, we are featuring the best photos captured of art and culture. There are some amazing photos and certainly worth sharing. Enjoy:

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Photo by Erin Doering on Unsplash
Photo by Johannes Mändle on Unsplash ——- Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz, Mailänder Platz, Stuttgart ——– Library in Stuttgart
three woman with face paintings
Photo by Bestbe Models on Pexels.com
woman wearing blue dress with umbrella during sunset
Photo by Alexandr Podvalny on Pexels.com
saint basil s cathedral
Photo by Julius Silver on Pexels.com
selective focus photo of brown dreamcatcher
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Pexels.com
set of paintbrushes on table
Photo by Anete Lusina on Pexels.com
painting of dreamy woman with rabbit on sunny day
Photo by Анастасия Беккер on Pexels.com
Photo by Aida Batres on Unsplash
Photo by Ernesto Velázquez on Unsplash ——- Hand in the sand in Punta del Este, Maldonado Uruguay
photo of a woman sitting beside statue
Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com
artistic frontage of a building
Photo by AaDil on Pexels.com
Photo by Dyana Wing So on Unsplash ——— Lunar Festival in Philadelphia Chinatown
Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash ——– Palm and old style lamp
Photo by Shaun Salmon on Unsplash ——- Kandy, Culture Festival, Sri Lanka
close up of red wooden temple
Photo by Charles Postiaux on Pexels.com
white and pink concrete building on green grass field under white sky
Photo by Jeffrey Czum on Pexels.com
old statue of young woman with smartphone in museum
Photo by Denise Duplinski on Pexels.com
hands in front of white and black background
Photo by Matheus Viana on Pexels.com
three geisha walking between buildings
Photo by Satoshi Hirayama on Pexels.com
photo of group of men wearing assorted scarves holding sticks
Photo by Follow Alice on Pexels.com
futuristic geometric exterior design of sydney opera house at night
Photo by Ben Mack on Pexels.com
pair of red ceramic shoes
Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com
woman raising her hands
Photo by Marlon Schmeiski on Pexels.com
photo of two native americans playing woodwind instruments
Photo by Gabriela Custódio da Silva on Pexels.com
man love people woman
Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com

Don’t miss the rest of this week. After a survey, they discovered that there was 51 different subjects on photography….. And I am doing all the subjects. I am half way done, so don’t miss out. Come back tomorrow, or look at the previous blogs done.

DEVELOPING YOUR EYE ! PART 1 OF A 10 PART SERIES:

Photo by alex bracken on Unsplash

Today starts a whole 10 part series titled: “SEEING A PHOTO”. This is a series that WordPress had developed for photographers, to learn about the art of learning to see. It takes a lot to really see a photo when you don’t know what to look for. I love to see a real good photographer go into a remote place and see something that we just don’t see at all. And they take the photo and it’s amazing. This 10 part series will help us to see the different types of lighting, composition, and so forth. And it is set up so that you can practice with each one of these series. I would love for everyone to participate if you want to take the assignments in here. If you want to submit a photo as you practice these techniques, please submit your photo to: question.123photogo@gmail.com

And here is our first of a series of 10:

Day One: “Warmth” — The Quality of Light

Photography means “drawing with light.” When you take a picture with your camera, you use and record light to create an image. When we’re out and about, we often use the sun — our most abundant light source — to capture our scenes.

The Hagia Sophia is an impressive mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. If you ever find yourself wandering inside, here’s what you’ll see when you look up:

The spotlights on the chandeliers — combined with lots of ambient and natural light filtering in from outside — create a warm scene of yellows and golds.

For your first shooting challenge, capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source. If the sun is nowhere to be found today, not to worry — interpret warmth in your own way.

Today’s Tip: Consider the direction and quality of light. Front light is great for outdoor landscapes and group portraits; a front-lit subject faces the light source, making it even-lit. Side light is fun to experiment with: the mix of light and shadow shows more depth and can create unexpected results.

Visit the resource page for details. Remember to tag your post with #developingyoureye and check the Reader to see posts from fellow course participants!

Here’s just another idea: While taking a walk at night time you will find that street lighting produces a warm light to the scene. Here is one I took, while walking the street one night: