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5 Tips for Becoming a Better, More Thoughtful Photographer| Brendan Taylor Filice

5 Tips for Becoming a Better, More Thoughtful Photographer

5 Tips for Becoming a Better, More Thoughtful Photographer| Brendan Taylor FiliceEarnestness, uncapped passion, and curiosity tend to produce incredible photos. The ability to point a lens at a person and capture their soul, or point it at an item and capture its presence is a skill that not everyone has, but it is something that every hopeful photographer can aspire to.

For some, photography is a just method by which they plug self-indulgent images and snapshots into various online networks, and for everyone else, photography is a visual art form. It’s a practice that’s realized through art and science, through the meaningful application of electromagnetic radiation and recorded light.

Photography is the ability to create durable images, and its existence services businesses, recreation, hobbies, communication, and the art, film, and video production industries. There are many ways you can inspire the creative photographer within, including discovering what things excite you and spark your creative juices.

Read a Book

Your first thought may be to pick up a photography book, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, attempt to seek out all types of content. Regard images you read in poetry, fiction, non-fiction and comics, and imagine what that work would look like. Do this while considering some of the techniques you’ve come across when examining the word of the greats.

Go on an Adventure

The thought of capturing things close to home may seem boring or mundane, so go elsewhere. Pack your bags and go on a trip. Take a weekend trip upstate with your camera out. Walk rural or mountainous terrain with your eyes and camera scanning the horizon, and attempt to capture that unfiltered beauty with your camera. Do this early, when the light is brightest and can offer you crisp photos of scenery.

Edit, Edit, Edit

Don’t settle for a photo and say good enough. Instead, keep your eyes open and stay critical. If you find a flaw during your post-photography editing session, consider using a different image or crop it. Follow your strength and abandon weakness. Find what works for you, and walk that line closely. Always feel open to experimentation, but don’t be defined by momentarily laziness or mediocrity.

Submission

One you’ve developed some pride in your work, consider submitting to a publication or competition. There are countless opportunities available to aspiring photographers. Both publications and competitions can lead to compensation –meaning that you’d be a professional photographer!

Design a Photographic Project

Rather than absentmindedly snapping photos, design a year-long project where you can focus your attention. Of course, you can stray from this a do break away projects but create a content creation schedule for yourself that will allow you to hone your skills. If you’re interested in portraits, then set a plan to search for attractive faces and gather a collection. Experiment with location, with intention, with execute -but make sure that the photo set is cohesive. Another possible project: consider visiting the same place over a long period, and take a picture a different time of day, capturing the evolving mood of that setting.
There are some other things you can do to improve your skill, including looking at light, considering composition and form, learning your camera settings, playing with color temperature, and learning how to use great editing software, such as Lightroom. You can also visit with a community of other visual artists interested in critiquing and improving one another’s work. These tips will help to develop your photographic style and voice.

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The Internet of Things and its Influence on Photography

Aaccording to Internet.org’s whitepaper, people uploaded 350 million images to Facebook each day in 2013. That’s a lot of pictures.

Now, imagine all of the images uploaded in Instagram every hour. Think about the tourists in New York photographing the Statue of Liberty. Think about tourists in India photographing the Taj Mahal, or in Brazil with Christ the Redeemer. In fact, think of all the iconic places around the world getting photographed and shared every second. There are so many images, and now think about all of the images of the past; the forgotten family snapshots, sometimes found as relics at thrift shops in piles. There are billions of photographs in the world, and now there will be exponentially more thanks to technology.

Technology is a tool that allows to experiment. Within the field, photographers take risks you couldn’t afford with film. It was too expensive and precise.

What is the role of photography in the digital age?

Our lives continue to become ever more connected. In that process, cameras will find their place in the “Internet of Things,” the coherent ecosystem of electronics that we use to help define our new technological existence. As more and more people use images to communicate on an everyday level, who knows how our world will change?

One of the inherit challenges about these changes is that photographer in the digital age makes everyone a professional. With a high-end camera and the right subject, great pictures are waiting to happen everywhere you go. You no longer need a teacher to guide you through the process of film processing and the terms of aperture, exposure, saturation, and so on.  Digital photography also makes photography accessible and affordable to everyone. Even ordinary iPhones have high-tech cameras and built-in editing software. Now anyone can shoot quality images, edit them and share them.

However, great photography still requires the same hard work as it was in the past. It requires dedication, patience, creativity. In our new world of virtual reality and augmented reality, the best photographic artists must be willing to react to audiences who demand sophisticated imagery that is dynamic and responsive to change.

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And maybe the next revolution in photography isn’t all about technology. Maybe it’s about what we see right in front of our eyes and how we show it. One of the best works this year was from Nico Young, whose collection of images about his friends, fraternal twins, was featured in the New York Times magazine. You can see “Inside Santa Monica High” online, see  “Fraternal Twins.”

Whether you’re a more traditional photographer or one who enjoys the latest gear and gadgets, good photography is still the same. It’s documenting the present by producing an artistic interpretation of it. So part of you has to be a dedicated artist to be a professional.

 

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Why Photography Inspires Me

Brendan Taylor Filice writes about the inspiration of photography and why landscape photography provides a powerful sense of place.

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Brendan Filice’s favorite subjects to photograph come right from nature. Whether the sun rising and setting, or the ocean tides setting out at the end of the day, a landscape’s beauty is impossible to ignore.

Here are some of Brendan’s favorites from his collection.

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This  frame is created by the contrast of the industrial arc of the underpass with the distant horizon. The beautiful bright sunlight is countered by the darkness of the tunnel.

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Hopefully generations and generations will have the opportunity to relish these splendors of nature. If we neglect the needs of our precious planet, our climate will definitely be in danger. We risk the future of these beautiful vistas. They will be nothing but distant memories, photographs from the past.

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Landscape photography deftly captures a sense of place. It evokes feelings, such as memories of hiking in the woods as a young child or a beach vacation.

Anyone can be a photographer. Even if you’re an amateur photographer, personal photos will have an impact on you for your personal collection. The more photos you take, the more skills you’ll get with your camera.

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