Archive for October, 2016
One of the major mistakes a photographer might do when trying to take photographs of nature is making the shot much more complicated than it should be. One might try to capture simply too many things and consider too many factors within just a few seconds, something potentially leading to failed shots. As a Miami photographer, I have seen too many colleagues of mine do such a mistake throughout their work, thus I want to explain my thoughts on this matter and help in order to take shots that are much more aesthetically pleasant.
Any photographer needs to understand why overcomplicating a shot is really harmful for the photograph. First of all, a highly complex shot is very difficult to balance, especially for photographers that are not very experienced. Consider that sometimes even two figures, or a couple of objects might need a bit of consideration before framed accordingly and understand that a picture containing much more information is likely to need proportionally much more time in order to balance it. Secondly, it is really hard to create a climax on which the photograph focuses. This means that the lack of simple elements (for example a simple wall) that act as “stabilizers” for the theme of the photograph will lead to a great optical confusion. The result is that instead of making the photograph more interesting, you end up with a collection of unconnected events and objects that disappoint the viewer or customer.
What you need to do in order to create highly successful and aesthetically pleasant photographs is to invest in simple and beautiful shots. One of the first things that I learned as a Miami photographer is that light is arguably the most crucial part of a photograph. It is possible to correct many things in a photo editing program, but a great initial condition is surely a guarantee for success. Whether it is a bright sunny day or a much more dramatic and cloudy one, learn how to exploit shapes and thus create a much more fulfilling outcome. It is also essential to learn how to exploit every given moment in order to take a picture which is unique, as there is always the chance around for a great shot. You need to hone your reflexes and always be ready to photograph anything that might seem interesting, as sometimes no second chance will be given.
Finally, understand that simplicity can be deep and beautiful and it is not just a sign of amateurism. As the famous quote of the architect and designer Mies van der Rohe goes, “Less is More”. This is a lesson that all photographers need to understand, as it can offer them intuition into the deeper parts of their art. A picture is about capturing a moment, a moment well defined, well balanced and aesthetically pleasing. It is not about capturing a collection of unconnected events.