Friday, 25 March 2011

The three things that make any photo excellent and the experience fun

1) Light. Light is the alpha and the omega of photography. You can have only a grain of sand of glow or the full blast sunshine, but you HAVE TO TAME it, meaning you have to know what it will do. Caught between the low sun and a reflective surface, anyone looks otherworldly. You either supply yourself with it or you adjust yourself to it. Either way it works.

2) The machine. Cameras go from mobile phone thingies to Hasselblads. It is the same as with the light - it doesn't matter what you have as long as you are familiar with it. My old Porky was already dieing and I still used it to make two hundred pictures of 'ladies underneath umbrellas'. The critical bit is knowing your camera. They all have flaws, they all have powers. Just make sure you use it A LOT. Knowing how to use Photoshop doesn't hurt either, though only for the finishing touches.

3) The style. This is not quite so easy to find, but it helps to have a very clear image in your mind of what you want your photos to look like. There are amazing photographers out there who employ a zillion different routs to express their message, so deciding what you want to give to the world with your art is on the top of the list. It goes for all three that you should study, study, study.