Photography is all around, I mean who doesn’t have a camera these days. The idea of shooting a nice location or recording the latest dinner party is ingrained in all of us. We’re all keen photographers. Still shooting a good picture takes deliberated effort. I don’t mean anyone with a phone camera can’t take a good picture, I mean a great shoot takes more than a couple of good filters.
Good photos stay longer in the mind. Something in those pics tells a story. However, the magic of photography has to do with the photographer as well. Two photographers used the same equipment to portray the same model, yet, the outcome is different, because their vision of the world is different.
For this reason I’m bringing the 3 principles of photography. These principles are kind of philosophical. But it can help to decode what goes around when taking a picture.
3 principles of photography
Everything is as beautiful or as ugly as you want it to be. What I mean by that? The picture you take is influenced by your mood. If you feel melancholic or disappointed your images will reflect that. In the same way, you can shoot the true colours of happiness.
This is very arbitrary since you won’t have the same mood all the time. Yet, your pictures reflect your state of mind, and this has to do with you more than the subject you’re portraying.
This picture was taking while chopping vegetables. All of the sudden, I felt inspired by nature, the combination of colours was pretty cool and my phone was at hand. I had to immortalise this combination!
This brings us to the second principle
Your social conditioning “culture” and personal history will encourage to look at certain portion of reality. Unless you have a 360 camera you can’t shoot everything that is going on.
Your personal psychology will make you see things others don’t see. Your choices are the consequence of your culture. Perhaps for you a corner shop is more appealing than a taxi driver.
Your childhood memories tell corner shops are sweet little places where your grandma used to buy your favourite things. Each image is a personal decision that is yours and no one else.
We all follow certain cultural patterns, we associate places and objects with our culture. The things we grew up with are the things we recognise as ours.
For this reason is quite important to travel and see different cultures. In a far away land there may not be corner shops, only street markets. So your memories will vanish. You’ll have a blank canvas to start looking at the world afresh.
And this takes us to the next principle
“Learn to see” said Alexander Rodchenko and it can’t be more precise. Learning to see takes time, shooting takes few seconds. In photography you have to observe in order to bring subjects to light.
Learning to see is about adjusting our vision to discover those things we oversee in our daily lives. A monument in the middle of a busy square can bring plenty of opportunities.
Learning to see requires patience, observation can be rushed only when the picture has meaning. Observation is deliberated attention.
The beauty of the city is there waiting for you. You only need to slow down and observe. The pressing of the release button is the last step.
These are the principles that have help me to “see” the world. Photography right now is an essential part of our lives, still seeing the world “fresh” requires practice.
How do you see the world? What is your favourite place? leave a comment in the comment section below.