Photography tips

A great photo or spot on?

Written by: Adele Lubbe

Enigma by Oleh Matsevych
Enigma by Oleh Matsevych

Some people say, photography is an art form and your camera your equipment. To apply this art form, one must understand the rules and each photo must comply with these rules.

Once we decide to buy our first camera,  our intentions are usually to take photos which captures all the beautiful things we see and experience.  To build an image archive of our most special memories.

As a newbie, you dare and play with your camera, and then the “bug bites” you. You start learning from professional photographers, attent courses and study the work of others. You start looking at your surroundings in pictures. – Pictures in frames, thirds, fifths and sometimes you turn your head unconsciously to make sure that that horizon you are looking at is straight.

But when last did you ask your friends, family and colleagues what their favourite photo looks like?

Last night I was sitting in a restaurant and there was a group of photographers sitting a few tables away. They discuss their equipment, experiences and shared a few photography stories. One man asked: “What makes a good photo?” And the other said: “Everyone can take photos, you do not need to be a master at what you are doing, all that is important is that the picture speaks to you” . This is so true – think of your friend or colleague’s favourite picture, is it technically correct?

My challenge to you is to take your camera and take photos like you used to do when you first purchased it.  Break the “rules” and get people to remember your photos and to talk about it. A photo which is technically correct may be a great photo but a photo with impact is spot on. My challenge to you is to break the rules for just one day and see what the result is of your work. Here are some inspirational images for this challenge – don’t just get a great photo, get a “spot on” photo:

Take a photo at unexpected angle
Take a photo at an unexpected angle

Look out of the photo with open space in photo
Look out of the photo with open space in photo

Place your main object in the centre of your photo
Place your main object in the centre of your photo – ignore the rule of thirds

Keep the photo simple
Keep the photo simple

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