Have you ever tried to take a photo of a beautiful scene only to find that the image looked nothing like you saw or expected? In photography, what you see isn't always what you get.
Why is that? Your camera sees differently than you do.
Here's the good news. Once you learn how the camera sees, you will find it much easier to create great photos anywhere.
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1 - Your camera doesn't know what's important to you. It makes everything the same.
- It's important for you to know what your subject is before you take the photo
- It's essential for your viewer to be able to tell what your subject is after you take the photo
- Sometimes a scene is just a background waiting for a subject
2 - Your camera sees in 2D
- Always ask, how will this scene look flattened?
- Shoot at an angle for depth
- Shoot at extreme angles for interest
- Create layers for depth
3 - Your camera captures one moment
- Tell a story in one frame as a bridge to move me through time.
- When you capture the right moment, your viewer can imagine what happened before and what will happen next.
- Capture the height of action and emotion. The decisive moment.
4 - Your camera doesn't know what you want to say
- Create a sense of scale
- Look for the emotion (action & reaction )
5 - Your camera can't see the full range of light
- How is the light on your subject compared to everything else?
- Will you need to brighten or darken your subject based on the rest of the frame?
- Where is your main light source?
- Too far away
- Cluttered background
- Backlight/dynamic range