There comes a time with anyone that is getting into photography where they stop just shooting at what they see before them and start “making photos”. I’ve trained with David Stubbs and he has some pretty sage advice when it comes to making photos that I wanted to share here.
“Before you take a photo ask yourself what you are taking a photo of and get rid of the rest.”
There is so much to be gained from this one little line that I actually made it into a screen saver, It’s something I want to remind myself to consider before I click my shutter. Most people take photos of their family with their camera phones, these are convenient and have come on leaps and bounds in the last few years, especially the latest iterations from Apple and Samsung. The issue with camera phones is that they take in a lot of the scene which means to get frame-filling shots you need to be really close.
And that’s something I wanted to talk about here. It follows on from the previous quote about asking yourself what you are taking a photo of and getting rid of the rest.
If that’s a portrait of your little one eating something delicious for the first time or your child in the loving embrace of your partner, then that’s your photo. To make the photo just about this means getting closer. Never be afraid to get closer with your camera, this one tip can totally transform your images and it’s something I urge you to try. You really will see a difference.
Photos don’t even have to be anything “amazing” either. There is heaps of beauty in our ordinary lives and routines, for example, you could make some great photos out of the following events which happen almost daily:
- Brushing teeth
- Sitting on the kitchen counter
- Cuddling on the couch
- Getting food from the refrigerator
- Walking downstairs sleepy
- Making silly faces
- Smelling flowers
Anyhow, you get the idea. This was just a random musing about a tip that I really wanted to share.
Below are some recent photos of close-ups that I wanted to share that illustrate the effect that getting closer can have your photography. I know it had an effect on mine and I hope that after reading this it will affect yours too.
Enjoy the photos.