Monday, May 30, 2016

Mistakes Fine Art Photographers Make VII : Hand-Holding the Camera

A tripod is the single best investment most fine art photographers could make. A tripod is cheap, versatile, low-tech, and easy to use. A tripod makes photography in challenging light easy, and provides a whole repertoire of options for photographing motion. Better yet, a tripod provides precise control over the composition of a photograph, allowing the photographer to carefully inspect and correct their composition before exposing. Properly used, a tripod could improve 80% of most fine art photographers' photos.
So why do so many photographers hand-hold their cameras?
Probably because hand-holding the camera is an easier, more spontaneous way to make a photograph. Hand-holding your camera let you explore compositions without being restricted by a heavy tripod. Freely moving the camera is especially important when photographing, a dense, detailed subject, where the best composition is not obvious and must be found through the lens.
My "best of both worlds" solution is to use a tripod with a quick-release attachment on the head. This lets me roughly find a composition through the lens by hand-holding, and quickly snap my camera onto my tripod when I'm ready to make the photograph. It also helps to have a tripod with quick-release legs. A tripod that is easy to use will see more use, and your photos will improve as a result.
 
 
This image I took in my friend's wine cellar without any studio lightening. So tripod was only way to make some picture. In general, on my road trips I don't like to carry it with me, but to be on the safe side it is always in the car.
 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mistakes Fine Art Photographers Make VI- Trying to Make Every Photograph Beautiful

Beauty is a very small part of what can be communicated through photography. Calling a photograph "beautiful" is often just a way of generalizing the vast and difficult array of emotions one feels when looking at a great photograph. Fragility can be beautiful, and so too can sadness, fear, hope, nostalgia, anger, or any other emotion you can interpret from art.
However, trying to make a "beautiful" photograph every time is usually a mistake. Unmixed with thought or emotion, gratuitous beauty loses its luster. A subject with only pretty colours and attractive shapes has little to offer. Without an emotional connection to your subject, how can you create a photo that will emotionally connect with your viewer?
Think about why you want to photograph the subject that's in front of your camera. Instead of trying to simply "beautify" it, try to make your reasons for creating the art clear, using your knowledge of photographic techniques to enhance your theme. I consider a photograph to be a success when my viewers feel the same standing in front of the print as I did in front of the subject.
 
 
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