As we embark on our photographic journey we can sometimes wonder what to photograph for there is a plethora of subject matter in front of our eyes…
In the case of a seasoned photographer, maybe you are bored with the type of subject you have been taking, or want a different challenge.
If you are a beginner, what are your interests outside photography? Perhaps you like to play a sport, or enjoy bushwalking, sailing, motor sports or you are involved in another artistic endeavour? If so then you would ‘understand’ those activities fairly (or very well). Why not ‘tell a story’ about the activity? Take your camera bushwalking, sailing etc.
Taking your camera bushwalking can lead to all sorts of different photography i.e. macro (the taking of Funghi, and other small subject matter); landscapes, to name but two.
If you are a more seasoned photographer perhaps you are looking for a different challenge, something that will stretch your skills and move you out of your ‘comfort zone.’
Are you taking landscapes currently? Why not introduce a (human) model, and position them within the landscape so that their form is replicated by the contours of the surrounding rock or tree formations?
Are you taking portraits presently? Consider applying the skills and the creativity you have to photographing Still-Life/Table-Top photography. Photographing subjects like Crystal glassware and ornamental objects can present you with unique lighting problems to solve either in camera or in post-processing.
One of the things I most love about any kind of Visual Art is that we get to see your viewpoint of the world, how you feel about it, what it means to you?
Perhaps Henry Thomas Thoreau (1817 – 1862) said it best…
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
Gain inspiration, communicate and inspire us with your vision!
June 24, 2013