The Simple Art of Taking Pictures

Now, quite possibly you’re very happy to snap away every day. 

STOP! THINK!  
  
If you keep snapping without thinking you’ll end up clogging your computer with hundreds if not thousands of images you won’t even want to look at again. 

After all it's so easy with digital and it can make us lazy.😏  Yep!  I fall into that trap too.

Remembering the days of film for a moment  

I will never forget the look of horror on my Father's face when he found out how many photos we shot at a wedding. In his day as a wedding photographer he shot a reel of 36 at most and had to take time and thought over each of those shots to ensure accuracy as well as capturing the all important special moments.  There was no way he could delete and repeat!  

Why we should stop and give some thought to our photography

School holidays last week and I was lucky enough to spend some time with two of my grandsons.  We went out on a glorious bright sunny day to Marlow and had a picnic in the park.  I know who'd have thought a picnic possible in February!

After the picnic the boys decided to play tag ..... click, snap, click, snap ......
I found myself asking 'why did I take some of these images?'  I'm being totally honest here with you. 😌  Absolutely no point whatsoever.  What a waste of film this would have been.

Fatal error by a so called professional photographer!  

I didn't stop and think.  I snapped away, just because I could (there were many images of no use whatsoever)!  I didn't give any thought to what I was doing at all.

Now I could say I was just enjoying the moments.  Well then why did I not put the camera down and do just that?
  
So with much tutting and beating myself up .....I waited for a moment.
I took some time over the image below and, of course, my grandsons were quite still :)
A very special image.  The two of them enjoying a quiet moment.
The sun was strong, so I shot into the light and caught some sunflare.

ISO400 14-42 kit lens F5
On Aperture priority I keep my ISO high (400 is quite high in bright sunlight).  I do this when shooting kids so that the camera won't set the shutter too slow to cause camera shake or blurred movement.  My aperture was set at F5 so quite wide and because I set the camera to allow lots of light in, it allowed the camera to set a fast shutter speed of 1000th of a second.

Photography is subjective

Now some may say capturing an image with sunflare is not good photography.  I happen to love it.  I love how it creates a beautiful soft light and softens images.

As I've said before, photography is subjective and as long as you love the images you take or, if shooting professionally, your clients like their images, that is all that matters.

And another sunflare image.  
ISO320 14-42 kit lens F7.1 

As my son and the boys were walking through the trees the light was amazing, even my son commented on the light.
I said, it is beautiful and I'm waiting for you to walk through it so that I can take a photo.

I set my ISO at 320 and a narrower aperture as I didn't want to allow too much light in.  I wanted to capture some sharpness around the edges of the image too.  I also held the camera a little lower and not at eye level to create more interest.  Remember a few weeks ago we talked about perspective.

This image is all about the beautiful light, the people add interest and for me a memorable moment and is most definitely a keeper :)

Stopping to think about what you're going to take rather than snap away makes so much difference! 

Take time out and capture memorable meaningful images

Take images that you will want to keep, want to show and want to remember.

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
— Robert Frank


I hope you feel this week is helpful and not a waste of time.  To be honest I think there are so many important things to learn in photography as well as the settings on the camera.  And if you're using your phone to take photos what we've talked about today is important too.

Love Jan x