When you test a new camera equipment, whether this is a lens or the camera body itself, you start shooting at random scenes. You check how the equipment performs and the feel of it. The photos you take during tests are often, if not, always goes to the trash. The photo lacks the appeal to be shared in social media or at least take a space in the memory card.That’s how a photo will look like if you don’t add creativity to a shot. Photography is a split of technical and art where one takes compliment from each other. You may have familiar yourself with the camera function and probably spent a lot of time reading the camera manual, at this point, all you’ll get is a nicely exposed shot. No impact!
I’ve once chanced on a tutorial video of internationally known photographer Steve McCurry about composition. It would strongly recommend for any photographer, whether starting up or experienced, to watch it. It’s a 3 minute video that talks about the different compositional guidelines.
I saved the video because up to this point, even with all my experience, I still find the video very helpful and sparking up and idea or just basically remind me of the elements creates the impact in a photograph. I also use it to help me explain how composition works.
When you start practicing your compositional skill using the guidelines, you’ll find out that the art of photography is not so complicated as you think. Your shots will immediately take form and would start to create a visual impact. This is a good motivation for you to do practice some more and move to the next level.
Know that the challenges you face to realize your imagination of how the scene should come out in the photo is very much hard wired on your technical skill of photography. The focal length compression, exposure compensation and the rest of the technical side of photography is as important as your creative skills.
As you realize and gets frustrated on the limitation of the equipments that you have, you tend to bargain with your composition and force yourself to find a different angle or story that can be achieved by what you have. That becomes the marriage of creativity and technical part of photography.
Equipment is not the only limiting factor in getting your shot, lighting condition is a frequent obstacle and of course, weather. Surrendering to the situation and acceptance of the given challenge is essential to overcome the obstacles. When you refuse to be limited by the obstacles, you know dig into your experience to create a fresh perspective.
I find photography just like the way we run our lives. It can be beautiful as we want it to be as long as we start accepting what cannot be changed and refuse to be limited by what we have. Enjoy the beauty the surrounds us and freeze the moment with your shot. Keep on shooting everyone!
Text and photos by Albert Pedrosa