It’s been a couple of months since my last photo challenge, but I really liked this week’s theme. The idea of this week’s photo collection is to illustrate a story, or the thing that was going through your mind as you composed the shot.
“We see many excellent shots out there in which a photographer’s intent is clear: where he or she leads us to the photo’s subject or main focus — using light, composition, and other criteria — and is able to convey what they see in their mind at the moment of capture.”
The photos I’ve collected for the challenge this week each illustrate something I was trying to capture as I took the picture. Color, timing, emotion, etc – so far I’ve been getting pretty good at capturing these individually. But I’m definitely having trouble capturing more than one or two at a time in a single photograph. I’m hoping to spend some time developing my photography skills in our upcoming mother/daughter trip to Europe.
For now, here are the things I tried to capture. Let me know in the comments which one stands out the most to you!
These are the key things I think about when I’m about to take a picture. One of these things catches my eye, I snap the picture, and then I cross my fingers and hope I captured the idea.
While I have the memory card capacity to take several thousand photos while we’re in Europe, I think I’ll focus more on setting up my shots so that the average quality of my photographs goes up. I recently read Ming Thein’s post about what makes an outstanding photograph, and a few paragraphs down the page, he describes three types of photographers:
a) upload everything, no QC or editing whatsoever, mostly poor images;
b) upload most things, has one or two really good images, mostly mediocre;
c) only uploads good stuff, and shows a consistent level of quality.
I think everyone would like to be in group C, many people are in group B (I think that’s where I fit in), and I’m sure many people hope they aren’t in group A. He mentions that people in Group B are “unable to deconstruct their successful images into a series of things that they can replicate”, and I think this is the problem I keep running in to while taking photos.
Part of this comes down to being rushed – I’m trying to see everything all at once and don’t always take enough time to set up a good shot, that incorporates good lighting and composition, while adjusting settings to capture the right colors, all while trying to catch a fragment of the emotion that motivates me to take the photo in the first place.
I think this trip is turning from a mother/daughter trip to a mother/daughter artistic retreat 🙂
What’s your strategy for taking photos? Do you take tons of photos and look for the best ones later? Or do you spend a lot of time setting up the shot?