Intimate Portrait Of An Object
As visual artists, we see and appreciate ordinary objects around us as if they were treasures. One of the biggest challenges new photographers face is to learn to make a stronger image while removing distracting elements from the frame. While it comes very naturally to some, others struggle to see photographically for years. During my workshops I urge my students to work with a fixed focal length lens and to crop in camera as much as possible. The cropping tool in your processing software is an amazing resource, but should be used ‘responsibly’ to tweak or straighten but not as a composition tool.
Composition is something you need to feel, not think about. Practice, practice, practice! Ultimately, your goal is to be able to make a successful image in one shot and spend less and less time working your composition. You need to be able to make all the decisions to tell your story before you press the shutter. Any ordinary object around you can look extraordinary, it’s your challenge to reveal it’s beauty through your lens… The best part is that you can practice anywhere, anytime!