IN SEARCH OF GREAT BEAUTY IN NATURE:

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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”.

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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
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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.

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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

THE EYE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER:

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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:

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.

“The Rays of Day” captured by PictureSocial member Robert Davis

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.

“Repetition” captured by PictureSocial member Mohammad Amziry bin Roslan

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.

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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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DAY 4 OF 10: LEARNING TO ACTUALLY “SEE A PHOTO” OF THE WORLD YOU ARE IN.

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Day Four: “Natural World” — Leading Lines

A good photographer is a constant observer. Out in nature, we have opportunities to watch and study a scene, from big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — to the tiniest details, like the subtle bends in bare branches in the Nevada desert:

Today, capture the natural world: snap a moment outside, big or small. From a close-up of a leaf in your backyard to a panorama from your morning hike, we invite you to document this wondrous world around us.

Today’s Tip: While shooting outdoors, look for natural lines that lead your eyes to different parts of the frame. Study the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal. How can you use these lines in your composition?

Photo of Antelope Canyon in Arizona by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.
Photo of Antelope Canyon in Arizona by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.

It takes time to train your eyes to look for leading lines. Look for strong vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines in your setting, as well as curves and shapes that draw your eye toward certain parts of your photo. In the image above, the smooth lines that make up Arizona’s famous slot canyon, Antelope Canyon, direct your eyes around the frame — the curve starting at the top left, in particular, leads your eye gently down to the center of the photo.

Do you see any leading lines in your scene? Can you change their direction, or can you play with the orientation of your image, to create a more dynamic composition? Or, another challenge: can you apply — or break — the Rule of Thirds?

Today, I wanted to alert you on some special things to help you with taking photos, using “leading lines”. The first item that would help you is: A tripod (click this word). This is one thing that every serious photographer should just have with them all the time. Click this link: tripod and see the amazing selection.

Another accessory that most photographers have is a filter that you put on your lens: Click: lens filter to see and read about all the things a filter will do.

EPISODE 2 OF 10! DEVELOPING YOUR EYE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

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Day Two: “Mystery” — Manipulate Light

A photo can create a mood and communicate an idea that transcends its subject. At this performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival, there was a sense of anticipation, enhanced by dramatic lighting that revealed silhouettes on stage.

What were we about to watch and hear? It was a mystery:


Today, share an image that creates a sense of mystery. A lone mitten on a sidewalk. A trail that leads off into the distance. A creaky door that is left open. Intrigue us.

Today’s tip: Manipulate the light available to you to create a particular effect. Use it to create a shadow or highlights to create a certain mood. Work with natural light, or use artificial lighting.

The direction of light has a big impact on your photos. Things lit from the front have few shadows, and are evenly lit. When the light comes from the side, shadows and highlights are introduced, creating more texture and complexity. Lighting from behind throws things into sharp relief, silhouetting your subject. Wenjie Zhang explains different types of light in more detail — and shows great examples — in his post on the quality of light.

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.
Light filters through a window in an otherwise dark abandoned building. Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.

Here are shooting ideas that take advantage of light during various times of the day:

  • Take your photo during the dramatic and often moody “Golden Hour”: the time just after sunrise or before sunset when natural light is soft and takes on color tones of its own. (Explore submissions to our Golden Hour photo challenge for inspiration.)
  • Illuminate your subject with a flashlight or candle .
  • Take a street shot, using car headlights or street lamps to light your scene.
  • Try a photo during the day when the bulk of the sun is hidden, revealing patches, shadows, or bursting rays of light.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s episode, when we talk about “scale”. Experimenting with size!

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