Photography used to be a larger part of my life than it is now. In high school, I spent a lot of time taking photos of my friends and fellow students for our high school paper, The Smoke Signal. Back then, I would probably take pictures of something at least once a week. I tended to prefer portrait and landscape photography over anything else. Nowadays I don’t have very much free time, so I usually don’t take pictures of anyone or anything unless someone asks me to do it well ahead of time.
Back when I did frequently take pictures, I liked to try to make the natural light influence the photograph in a strange/ new way. I would position myself so that light would become its own element and stand out. For example, I would attempt to catch the sun rays coming through the leaves around my subject, as opposed to just using the light to brighten the photo. From shoot to shoot, my intended feeling for the photos would shift. On night shoots, I would generally go for a ‘colder’ feeling to my photographs and during the late evenings I would reach for a ‘warmer’ shot.
Generally I would think I’m pretty successful in my goal to achieve these targets. I think with more practice I would be a lot better and more original with these intentions though. I have found recently that I prefer videography much more. My most frequent form of this is when I record my endeavors in the gym. I’m definitely going to try to use some of these tips to sharpen up my skills once more.
I think the best tip out of all of the resources was this one:
Put a Great Foreground in Front of a Great Background Pay attention to the near and far. A landscape scene is dull without something in foreground to give depth and scale. Learn to avoid clutter and distracting elements.
I think a lot of the time, photographers, artists, and videographers alike get so focused on their one main element to their story- that they let the other portions go down in quality. Not that this is intentional, but when we are so focused on this one aspect of a work, it is easy to not pay attention, and allow the background to be drab or too simple. Finding the great foreground and great background to match is the key to a great photo. Sprinkle in the basics like fstop, aperture, and contrast, and you’ll be sure to wow some people with your art.
I’m excited to start my photography week for #ds106, let’s see what we can create.