This assignment was a tough one, as I had to find enough material to cover three tips, from the book, TEN: Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear, by David duChemin. My three nominations included the following:
Get pickier. Instead of using your camera like a rapid fire machine gun, spend more time pre-composing in your mind. As you get more practice, you can be more selective, and more deliberate.
Change my perspective by changing yours. Find different and unique points of view. Look down, up, lay down on the ground. Seek perspectives of lines. (This would be turned into a personal “fourth option” of sorts, given the fact that I was already working overtime to finish this, and two other assignments, before their due date.)
Look to the light. Probably the most key lesson- be aware of light that works and what does not. Knowing about shadows, directions, aiming for directions where light is strong (or not). Good light makes every photo. Learn how to sense when light is good (and when not, and you can skip lousy shots).
Put a great foreground in front of a great background. Pay attention to the near and far. A landscape scene is dull without something in foreground to give depth and scale. Learn to avoid clutter and distracting elements.
These tasks were fulfilled, in one form or another, during a visit to my local Food Lion on Saturday, September 26th.
The pictures were primarily taken at the floral section of the store, where the flowers were taken in fluorescent light, up-close, with an iPhone. Vibrant oranges and yellows popped out, the pinks were more delicate, and the blues automatically drew the eye to the center of the bouquet.
There were also shots of the interior and exterior of the place, the former resembling those crane shots you see in movies, while the latter resembles the usual introductory shot of a place like Cheers, or someone’s home, during an episode of a televised situation comedy.
Keeping this in mind, here are my best efforts to represent those three tips to being a better photographer.