Cultivate the power of observation in photography and improve the level of visual perception
When you and a master photographer are shooting in the same scene, you use the same or even higher-end professional equipment, but others can always take pictures that are different from yours and capture the subtle moments you haven’t discovered. If you have had such experience, this article may help you a bit.
It is better to see different things than to take different photos. Photographers need to have keen observation skills, when you practice mature techniques, you can see, you can naturally take pictures.
Training photography eyes is actually training observation skills, discovering unusual perspectives in ordinary scenery. This article will talk about how to cultivate this ability from five aspects, and finally take self-proposition training as an example to describe the shooting ideas. Most of the illustrations in the article are different from the author’s previous works of great scenery. Some are small scenes captured in life, which have never been published on social media. I hope to inspire you.
See the world from the perspective of photography
The cultivation of observation does not necessarily require you to go to famous mountains and rivers to shoot magnificent and steep scenery, pay more attention to the living environment, and observe things and scenery from the perspective of photography , You will see the subtleties. When you see a leaf, what else can you find besides its shape and color? Does it have interesting textures? What were the characteristics of light and shadow at that time? What color background is it on? Is its state budding or withering? Can these characteristics be clear at a glance in a hurry? Gradually, you will find surprises in scenes that you have previously ignored.
Photography can train a pair of eyes that are good at discovering beauty, and find the forgotten beauty. The beauty of life can be seen everywhere. In the morning light, in the setting sun, in the drizzle, and in the fog, every plant and tree has its beauty and unique charm. Slow down the hurried pace, if you can see the moving moments of these subtleties around you, understand with your heart, you will be able to broaden your mind and enjoy the beauty of life.
Move with one’s heart
In my work, although some photos do require powerful early and late technology to complete, even a photo involves bracketing, depth of field synthesis, Stacks and many other technologies, and some require comprehensive astronomy and geography knowledge combined with tidal analysis, and a careful plan to seize the extremely small chance of shooting opportunities.
But there are also some photos that are moved with one’s heart, not even taken with a camera, but with a mobile phone to capture that moving moment, and such a story with a picture can most touch people’s hearts. Photography is to convey beautiful emotions with silent images.
“Thebestcameraistheoneyouhavewithyou.” The best camera is the photographic equipment you carry with you.
”The following photos are all captured by mobile phones. Some moments are fleeting. Whether you can grasp the decisive moment depends on your usual practice.”
Taken in The annual Bondi Beach Sculpture Festival. A pair of lovers gaze out at the sea. Next to them is a heart-shaped sculpture. The shape is very suitable for the scene. People and things echo perfectly. I was afraid that they would leave, too late to take out the camera, and quickly took this romantic and warm picture with the phone.
On the way back to the parking lot after the shooting, pedestrians in pairs in the twilight, using their mobile phones to photograph their silhouettes.
, in a small town in Iceland, on the way to dinner, the phone took pictures of the windows of the houses.
Two cyclists appeared at the tunnel entrance, adding interest to the disappearing point of sight, making the picture present a story.
The above photos fully illustrate that equipment is not absolutely important. The key is to have a pair of eyes to discover beauty and the ability to respond to the scene.
Jump out of the comfort zone
When we shoot a certain subject for a period of time, we will form inertial thinking and skilled shooting methods. When we arrive at the shooting location, look for the foreground, low angle, small Aperture, press the shutter when the best light is reached, and an impactful blockbuster is born.
At this time, you will feel that your technology is becoming more mature, and you can shoot in an orderly manner on the scene, and you can produce the film in any environment. But many people don’t realize that this inertial shooting method puts themselves into an inherent frame, unwilling to break through, unwilling to change their inherent shooting thinking, and unwilling to try new shooting methods.
I believe that most landscape photography enthusiasts have had this stage, including myself. When I realize this problem and force myself to change and break through, new attempts sometimes lead to shooting failure, but it broadens the shooting thinking.
Putting down the ultra-wide angle that can bring a sense of security and film production, picking up the medium and telephoto, and looking for new perspectives in a different way of thinking from the past, I found that nature is not just the foreground There are still many beautiful and delicate things that have not been seen before.
medium focal lens Viewing waterfall part
Seascape shot with telephoto lens
Sweeping the Sea-Sweeping Waves in the Morning
Discovering Points of Interest
The camera eye is closely related to the photographer’s ability to compose, discover, and arrange the picture. The easiest mistake for beginners to make is to take photos of all the scenery, resulting in a messy picture. When replaying photos, I always feel that the beauty is far from shocking as I saw on the spot, which is caused by the inclusion of too many scenery when shooting. A photo with too much content can make people feel incomprehensible. It has everything but it seems to express nothing and lack a clear theme.
So we don’t rush to press the shutter when shooting, first ask ourselves: What is the subject I want to show in this photo? In this way, when shooting, we will pay attention to removing some unnecessary and interfering elements to highlight the subject. The choice of the subject is very important. It needs to have both colors and colors. In layman’s terms, it should be a beautiful, interesting, and attractive scene.
The innovation of perspective is an important subject of composition. Shooting the same scene from different angles can bring different visual experience. Su Shi’s poem: “Looking at the side of the ridge, the peaks are formed on the sides, with different heights and different distances.” It means to appreciate the different beauty of the mountains due to different angles.
In human nature, the scenery that one does not often have the opportunity to see is subjectively regarded as beautiful. The northerners will be fascinated by the poetic atmosphere of the misty rain in the apricot blossoms in the south of the Yangtze River. When the southerners go to Saibei, seeing the vast scene of the desert will also arouse the pride in their hearts. People who live by the water always want to feel the feelings of the mountains, and those who live in the mountains often yearn for the romance of the sea.
once published a composition tutorial. Most of the examples in the article were taken in front of and around Sydney’s home. One of the comments made me laugh. “The key to such an unattainable scenic spot is the first “This is also the most liked message, which shows that his views are also the inner thoughts of many people.
People often turn a blind eye to the scenery around them, always thinking about going abroad to go far to take a blockbuster. They use how many countries they have traveled to as a capital for talk and show off, and the photos they take are all A cookie-cutter copy of the postcard.
Change perspectives, try new camera positions and angles, which will let you see different worlds and bring you new inspiration and creativity.
To cultivate this ability, the best way is to find a scenic spot that has been “badly photographed” at the doorstep and see how many different perspectives can be found. As a world-class tourist attraction, the Sydney Opera House has been seen countless times over the years, and it really cannot arouse any desire for shooting. In order to exercise eyesight and discovery ability, I once propositioned myself “Shooting the Sydney Opera House from different angles” and asked to take ten photos with different angles and different ideas. This kind of exercise will effectively stimulate potential and enhance observation and creativity.
The conventional camera positions are not listed. The following three unconventional camera positions are used to briefly introduce the shooting ideas during practice.
The above picture is to put aside the conventional big scene shooting ideas, go I went to the bottom of the Sydney Opera House and planned to view a part of it, but if I only photographed the texture and shape of the building, it would not be very impressive. While thinking about how to compose the picture, an old couple came and they only stayed for a few seconds before leaving. I was lucky to capture this moment. The shapes, lines and people form a dot, line and plane composition, which is simple, lively and interesting.
This photo was taken with a mobile phone, a pair in the sunset Couples are watching the sunset on a bench opposite the Sydney Opera House, adding a human element, the photo is no longer a single landscape, but showing love and warmth, making the picture more vivid.
To present the different appearances and perspectives of the Sydney Opera House, filming The time is selected at the annual Sydney Festival of Lights. If only shooting the colorful opera house shape is no different from the perspective of tourists, my idea is to use the railings on the shore to form a frame composition to add interest to the picture. The seemingly simple idea is not easily realized by pressing the shutter. The photo involves two synthesis techniques, depth synthesis and time period synthesis. The light show every night starts after the blues period, and the sky is no longer blue, so I decided to shoot the railings and sky in the foreground during the blues period, keep the camera still, and wait for the light show to start. opera. Since the foreground is too close to the lens, it is necessary to focus on different parts to take several shots. The final product is a post-composite of a group of photos synthesized by the same camera’s depth of field and time period.
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