With the technology in todays digital cameras, it is so easy to point the camera in the direction of a subject and end up with a technically perfect image. However, what saddens me, is that too many people see the technically perfect image as the “winner” without putting much thought into creating something memorable and different.We live in an incredible world where the diversity and beauty of the environment should be showcased in many more ways and it must be remembered that photography ultimately is an art form.
We need to be far more deliberate in what we want our images to say and in order to do that, we need to PLAN IN ADVANCE the images we wish to capture. I feel that one of our failures that results in boring images is that we rush around hoping for an image to pop into our frame as opposed to CREATING the image we actually want.
However, with creativity it’s sometimes just important to go out and play and ignore this deliberate planning (Though, one should be deliberate in going out to play and experiment)
By playing, you test the full capabilities of your camera, your own individuality and discover. Creativity is all about discovery and “what if I did this” moments. Through this discovery, you understand how the tool in your hands works and how you can push the limits. Often, the playing will result in images that get tossed in the bin, but occasionally you come up with something different.
Along with creativity comes the art of patience. I reckon too many leap into their vehicle, sit with their camera on their lap and rush around in the hope that an image will “fall” into their viewfinder. Patience is one of the greatest “tools” that we can pack into our photographic toolbox, be it sitting for hours with a pride of sleeping lions for just that millisecond when they wake up and play with one another or for placing oneself in a position where your pre-planned shot will fall into place.
Last but not least… can we actually use our images for greater purpose?
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