Shoot the "Wow"
Apr 22, 2014
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So, we've been taking photographs for years and years – shots of our children growing up, and of their special days, and maybe if we’re old enough, shots of our grandkids. Sometimes we happen to be in a photograph when someone else offers to take the shot, but mostly we're invisible – the unseen photographer.
Now we have albums of precious photos, and we probably own a digital camera – whether it’s an expensive model or one that’s in our phone. We no longer have to be concerned with the cost of film and developing. Many of us now shoot for fun and for the sake of creativity.
Perhaps we have learned the basic “rules,” such as not to center your subject, or to take time to “frame” your shot, or to avoid shooting in the midday sun and so forth, but we are not feeling artistically challenged, or satisfied.
If you love flowers, shoot them! Spring is coming, plus even when it isn’t warm, there are arboretums, and year-round nurseries.
Make shooting the things you love your focus – literally – and then experiment. Try a macro lens, or set your camera to that mode, and get the fine details of the blooms. And try photographing the same flower in different kinds of light – early morning, on a cloudy day, or late in the evening. Each type of light provides a very different effect.
A walk in the woods presents lovely vistas of trees and pathways, and sometimes meandering streams. And dogs exuberantly running off-leash, full of slobbery-mouth excitement! Look down, look around as you walk. What is the light doing? Take your time to see. Think of it as a meditation, and let nature speak to you – calling out, “look at me!” It’s our opportunity to showcase our unique point of view – how we see, and how we present what we see. This may not have been seen before by others and therefore may have gone unappreciated.
All images taken by Maureen Spagnolo
Maureen Spagnolo is a photographer, living in Washington, DC. She writes on a variety of social issues in addition to her photography articles.
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