I love to look at photography. I have my likes and dislikes when it comes to photography. Some images just appeal to me and some don't. I wonder what is it that makes certain photos special. Kat in our Finding Your Eye: Journey of Fascination class had us thinking about that and gave some good tips to to find the answer. Our exercise was choosing photos that we liked that were not ours. She gave us a list of things to look for in the photos. Then, we were to go through our own photos and find one photo that we liked and one we did not like and do the same thing. There was one little problem with that, I don't keep photos of mine that I don't like. Each time I upload images from my camera, I stop right then and delete the unappealing ones. So, for this exercise I chose an image that I liked and then one that I liked better. It worked and it made me do some serious thinking about my photography.
In both my examples the photos on the left are good images. The focus and the color are good and the subject is interesting to me.
Why do I like the ones on the right better?
- The images on the right appeal to me more because they give more context. Instead of just another close shot of a mushroom, the right image gives a sense of a small mushroom in a great big world of tall trees. The lake image gives a sense of a peaceful place to sit and breath.
- The addition of light in both of them makes them better. How many times have I heard and read that light can make the image?
- The objects in the foreground give the images more depth.
- In the first one the difference in perspective made a huge difference and in the second one I stepped back and took a different angle.
Now when I see an image that I enjoy, I'll study it more carefully and see if I can pinpoint what it is that is appealing to me. Then, I'll try applying what I've learned to my own photography.
This is our last regular assignment from this class. If you ever get the chance, take on of Kat's classes. She has been the biggest influence on my photography. She has made me think with my brain and with my heart!