Keeping it Simple

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Cameras today are very impressive, each in their own way; all having tremendous capabilities from traditional stand alone models, to those on mobile phone devices. Obviously, without the camera, nothing one “sees” can be recorded. There is much to be learned about this “seeing” business. The image above is about as simple a image one might find. It’s colorful, it’s interesting in a way, it’s historical, and above all it’s simple. The key point is, however, I saw it and I bet few others did from this same perspective. It’s nice to be able to recognize a nice photo composition such as this while you’re wandering around with camera in hand.

Digital images are easy to record on large capacity memory cards today, being very reasonable in cost. It’s not at all like the film days when we were limited to a small number of shots. Back then we were a bit more selective in how we used the limited 24 or 36 exposures we had on a roll of film. Today, with even a small capacity memory card installed, some may try to capture everything they see. For instance, while traveling through popular vacation destinations, not wanting to miss anything, their thoughts may be, “I’ll just click away and sort it all out when I get back home.” What they wind up with could be a mix of common images, few if any being really that interesting. And then they’ll take (say) those fifty photos made while standing in the same spot at the main overlook of the Grand Canyon, and share them all on social media for all their friends to see and admire. I’ll call that “photo overload.”

Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with making several photos of the same thing. But if we’re going to do that, can we compose each image in the lens a bit differently from the others? And then, when we get ready to share our work, might we select the “best” compositions and publish only those for others to admire? Don’t stand in the same spot when you make those images. Perhaps make one image a wide angle view, and another a close up from a new location. Moving your feet from time to time can have nice results when photography is involved.

So, I say “be different” with each image you make. Move around getting contrasting views of the same scene or object. Limit what you share online to those images you select as being your best. And lastly, keep it simple. Over time if you’ll do this, I think you’ll start to develop a “photographic eye” causing you to see things around you that most others might miss entirely. This is what interesting photography is all about.

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