Tip: Don’t miss the point
A common mistake snappers make is to concentrate on taking a pleasant composition and literally missing the point: Composition is a device used by photographers to capture the viewer’s eye and direct their attention to a primary focal point.
Ask two photographers to shoot the same scene using a similar camera and you will end up with two very different pictures. One of the most rewarding aspects of photography is that every photographer has a different way of looking at the world and this shows this through their pictures.
The transition from being an enthusiastic snapper to a mature photographer is challenging, frustrating and exciting. Equipment and techniques are relatively easy to master – the difficulty is to develop a unique point of view. Only when you understand what you want your pictures to say will you be able to take them effectively.
|The Mamiya RZ. The workhorse professional roll-film camera.|
Students on my beginners photography courses often look at their cameras as if they were mythical one-eyed beasts whose mysteries will never be understood by mere mortals.
They want to take better pictures and understand more about their cameras but one glance in the camera manual can leave them awestruck with the astonishing technical complexity that is digitally available. They can easily assume that only by mastering the camera can they progress as a photographer.
If you were a film director would you be happy with it just as it is, or would you need to order the cinematographer, set designer, props manager, and film crew to make changes to help tell the story more effectively?