“Photographers are violent people. First they frame you, then they shoot you, then they hang you on the wall.”
I just thought I’d share this quote because it’s funny but at the same time, so true! A photographer must make sure everything is perfect before taking a shot. Like the quote says, “First they frame you…”, which means they make sure they aren’t cutting off your arm or maybe they do want to for a close up. They just make sure the frame is the way they want it to look. Then, they shoot! Holding the camera steady, they capture the photo. And if they are very proud of this photo, they’ll hang it up on their wall!
Although the sport seasons are starting to wrap up at FHS, you still need to be taking great photos. Even though I took this photo a long time ago, it was one of my favorites. Not even meaning to catch this photo, I snapped an amazing photo. I was able to stop both players and the ball. I thought this photo was so good, I used it as my exam photo for my yearbook class. This just seemed to perfect. I love how the players are clear and the background is blurry so then people can really see what the main focus of the photo is. So take pride in every picture you take, and let others enjoy your favorite photos and share them!
“A photograph that has not been shared or at least printed, is almost an nonexistent photograph, is almost an untaken photo.”
When you have taken a photo, good or bad, share it! Let other people tell you how good it is, or what you could do to make it better. Don’t be afraid to allow people to look at your pictures. By showing others your photos you can only learn from them, and what could make them better. So if you ever have a photo that your not sure about, let others give you their opinion, it can only help you in your photography skills.
“I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.”
― Nan Goldin
This quote can be taken in two ways. This could remind you of something sad, but at the same time also remind you of all the memories you may have had with someone. Taking photos may not seem like a huge deal at the moment, but in the future they will remind you of all the good and bad times you had together. People you care about may be gone, and photos may not help with the lost, but they will remind you of all the good times you had together. So, the way I take this quote is although they may not help you forget what you have lost, they show you what great memories you have had.
This may not be the most beautiful flower you have ever seen. I mean it’s dead. But that’s not the point of the picture. The point of this picture is focus on one object. So when someone looks at the photo they are drawn to one thing only. And that is the main object. In this photo the curled, dead rose is the main focus. Although there is a trampoline and clothes line in the background, that is blurred, not the main focus of this photo. I thought this would be a good example because even though their are some pretty random objects in the background the first thing your will spot is the focused in dead rose.
“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
― Elliott Erwitt
People always say a picture is worth a thousand words. That sometimes just one photo can explain a whole story without ever saying or writing one word. Pictures can be self describable. At other times a picture may let you make up your own story. To some pictures may not make sense but to others it may mean so much to them.This photo could be hiding a real meaning or secret. People will perceive every picture in a different way. Some will have more meaning then others but no matter the picture each one tells its own story.
Sunlight can affect any picture. In a good way or bad way. In this picture it helped bring out the color but also added some depth with the shadows. This may be a random picture, but it really shows what sunlight can do to an object. Sunlight can determine whether the picture is a keeper. Adding sunlight can change one photo into a completely different photo. This photo also has a blur. The main object, the cup with the plant, is not blurred, but the background is. This allows the main object to be the focus of the picture. I chose this picture because it did a really nice job of showing the goodness of sunlight and blur!
There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
When taking photographs, there should be no limitations. The only element that will stop you from getting a great photo is yourself. Don’t always take things for granted, what you see can be so much more if you don’t limit yourself to what you see, but allow yourself to see within this element and realize the beauty.
Photos can look different just by changing the light or angle when taking the photo. But you can make one photo turn into something completely different just by changing the filters. Filters can change the color or even help you focus on one object. This is a photo I took of the flowers I received from prom. Although this photo was taken by my phone, once I added a color filter and made the focus the flower and the rest a blur, the photo changed into a whole different piece of art. But, I am not saying to use filters on every photo, because some photos are beautiful and powerful enough without filters. When adding a filter, try all filters and see which makes the photo better. So…filter or no filter??
“Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.”
― Joe McNally
It happens to everyone. That moment when you start putting your camera away, and something amazing happens! But it’s to late, it has gone away and you can no longer capture this photo that would have been perfect! But Joe McNally always warns people, never start packing up until you have left. You never know when something could show up and make a beautiful photo.