When it comes to photography people are obsessed with settings, they have to know where everything is, when to use it, how to use it and so and so and so but they forget about the important thing, the photo, if your taking a photo of something that looks boring it’s a shit shot and all the settings in the world can’t help you, even giving your photo a funky name like “Urban Portrait” isn’t going to help you.
So what are the 3 other things you need to know about photography, location, subject and camera position.
Location – Taking photos in a ally-way or on a graffiti wall doesn’t make your photo look any better, if you need a wall full of street art to make your photo look better, unless your taking a photo of the art, isn’t going to make your photo any better, also everyone does this so your just adding to the junk, your not being different.
Subject – This can be anything from a tree to a car to a model, why do CK ads, Sports Illustrated and car ads photos look so good, it’s the model, it’s a god looking girl, it’s the $250,000 car, it is Kate Moss, I’m sorry but that girl you found on a modeling website isn’t good looking and you only picked her because there is a chance she might take her top off. Your friends done up 2002 Honda if racing stripes doesn’t really look that good, you like it because you can’t afford to do that to your car so in your mind it stands out to you. This is why old street photography photos look better because they have character, it’s the old fashion, the old dinner and people looked different and taking photos of a girl with tattoos is the same as taking a photo of a model in front of a graffiti wall.
Camera Position – Now this is something that can make the above boring photo look better, if your going to take a photo of a girl with tattoo and you want it be different move that camera and this goes for anything shot, move the camera around, shoot it from up high or down low or from behind and any other way you can think of. What you want to do is take a photo not the way you see it, if you take out your camera and put it up to your eye and take the shot all your doing is showing people the way they would view it but it you move around a bit and give them a different view they will see it in a whole new light.