Some more famous quotes to inspire your photography…
“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it”. – Jay Maisel (American photographer famous for his images of Miles Davis and Marylin Monroe)
A warm, comfy bed is a place we all enjoy and leaving one on a cold, winters morning to head out into the landscape, is one of life’s hardest tasks. In photography, you can only take an image if you make the effort to get out there. It’s no good seeing an inspiring sunrise from the bedroom window and whilst on some days the weather doesn’t turn out as forecast, the experience and potential for images while being out there, will enrich your photography. Sometimes the unexpected can happen. That brief glimpse of light through heavy clouds, that colourful rainbow appearing on an otherwise rain-soaked day or that unique moment when everything comes together, weather or subject wise. The point being, if you are not out there to experience it, you’ll no doubt only hear about it from others.
So, ignore that snooze button and grab the thermals and a waterproof, put yourself out there and see what happens. An image of some sort will appear for the taking and it will make that effort all worthwhile.
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst”. – Henri Cartier-Bresson (The father of photojournalism)
We’ve already discovered that photography is a learning experience and each day and each new image taken, will be experience and absorbed energy in creating the next one. It’s a craft to master and you cant expect top results on day one. You learn, you fail, you win some, you lose some, you take inspiration from others and you create your own photographic journey to
perfection. Whilst a machine-gun approach to taking photographs is never encouraged, your images will no doubt see improvement after every 500 results, let alone 10,000. The Cartier-Bresson figure is going to take many years to achieve and it’s a long term game and should be seen as such. A lifetime pursuit even. So, whilst your early results may seem poor now, when you reach 10,001, your improvement will be clear to see and you’ll also see how those first 10k images, helped in the creation of your newest example.
“If your pictures aren’t good enough you’re not close enough”. – Robert Capa (Hungarian war photographer)
Looking at an image you’ve taken, but feeling deflated by its lack of impact, its failure can often be identified by a loose composition. We see the world in wide format and we take in such a wide view through our eyes that it can seem natural to compose our images the same way. However, our brain can filter out the unnecessary elements, concentrating only on the main subject, whereas a photograph needs assistance to achieve this. This means getting in close to the subject and filling the frame with it. Whist this isn’t quite true of all subjects and sometimes space can open up a scene, if the main subject isn’t obvious, then this technique cannot be applied and its better to crop in. We want to engage the viewer and so we need to give them something to lock onto and getting in close to the subject then makes full use of the image fame and is an almost guaranteed way of creating impact.