April 6, 2010

Look Closely

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One of the things that helped me improve my photography was learning how to stop, pause, reset my brain, breathe deep, take a moment and look more closely.

It’s always intoxicating to walk up on a visually-exciting scene. Whether it’s a hot model, a beautiful mountain or field of flowers, the temptation to machine gun your way to success is strong.

Being deliberate, studying the scene, looking for the real meat of the photograph will improve your shots.

Sometimes, you walk up on a scene where the larger objects grab your attention. It’s human nature. The big thing in the scene draws your eye. But if you can learn to slow down, check the image from corner to corner, not only will you improve your general composition skills, you might just find a surprise or two. Take the photo at the top of this page. It’s a scene in Zion National Park. The blue sky, the trees and the rusty gold mountain make a very pretty, calming and compelling photograph. But if you look closely you might just notice something very, very rare. Did you see the young mountain lion swimming in a lake in the bottom right corner of the shot?

Take a breath. Pause. Relax. Study the ENTIRE scene before making your next exposure. You might just find something extraordinary.

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