“Its not what you see…”

You remember the phrase in business “It is not what you know that most often opens opportunities but who you know”? In this post I will share some unique ways of looking at a topic of photography by bringing into perspective who you see and not what you see.

I enjoy watching people. Taking photos is my job, so I am constantly on the look out for a great sports move to capture in the immortal moment of fame or simple beauty of a flower everyone else passes by. Although I take special interest in watching people with cameras to see what they see and how they will capture what they see.

Often there is an equal desire to have scenery and relational interest in the photo, so the people will be a fraction of the picture with an abundance of scenery. I do not write this to be disparaging to the photographer! This is their photo and they will get the exact photo they want. Good job! Since I write this blog to help parents as they photograph their children or hobbyists who want to improve their skill I will give some tips to make those shots even better!

The next time you have the camera in you hand, take note of what you see on the display or through the view finder and just how wide of an area it really is.

Now zoom in or move closer and notice the change in viewing area. Get used to being closer in to the subject of a photo. It will be this change that draws your attention more to the subject. If the picture will be understood just as well without including the entire stature of the person, zoom in a little further and really grab our attention with that cheshire cat grin. Limiting the amount of objects that accompany your subject in a photo will make your message be read all the better!

So you see, “it is not what you see in the picture, but who” that makes the difference.

Safety in Numbers

It is always best to have a back-up plan for any course of action! Do not worry, this is not to confess a lack of confidence in your own preferred plan, but rather an insightful precaution to ensure a productive outcome. What is the old adage? “There is safety in numbers.”

There are so many ways that we communicate and each method requires an ability to communicate with numbers. Even in the simple phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words” numbers are used to express the strength of the picture’s composition.

Creatively speaking, there are two numbers in the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand word”, whether obvious or implied. Did you catch them? Those words are “A” and “a thousand”. Yes “A” is repeated but the second usage is to specify how many “thousand”. “A” is to refer to a single image or “1”. I bring this up in an attempt show that it is not necessary to “shoot” literal numbers, but looking creatively at our surroundings for the number we are looking to find.

Numbers can be a fun way of taking some “time off” and focusing on a totally different subject rather than the same subject day after day. I have mentioned “stay-cations” before in this series of posts as a way to “get away” and relax from the daily routine; so enjoy your stay “away” from your “routine”.

Perhaps three is your number, you could start your adventure with a picture of three fingers on one hand, three leaves of a tree or three people walking on the beach. The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy and remember the safety rule, “There is safety in numbers!”