Do you recognize themes in your work? I do, in mine, like this:
Dutch bicycles, a never ending source of inspiration.
Which one do you prefer?
The point is not that one is better than the other. The point is that cropping a picture, or getting closer/farther, materially changes the nature of that picture. Think carefully when you compose (or afterwards, when you crop) a photo.
And by the way. B&W (Black and White, or monochrome) is still with us, and I suspect, and hope, that it always will be.
Happy New Year from The Speedlighter!
As for your 2017 resolutions, how about this one: Make this the time you finally perfect those skills you always wanted to hone! Skills that allow you to quickly and easily do pictures like the ones I took over the last couple of weeks. These include a few animal (and animal-plus-owner) pictures:
All those were made with the 85mm f/1.2 lens, and used a single speedlight in an umbrella.
But I also did an executive portrait, just yesterday:
Do you see the difference between the two above? For the first one, I did not want to show the outside (boring, homes). Easy, so the picture,like almost all my pictufes, was stright out of the camera.
For the second one, however, I did want to show the blue sky. So I exposed that one less (using the magic Outdoors Recipe–one of the things you will learn if you turn up). Both used flash, of course; fired by Pocketwizards and with their power set manually. The second one used much more flash power because I was using low ISO and small aperture to kill the outside light. I also had to, therefore, brighten the Apple logo in post-production.
I would almost call that last one an environmental portrait.
The next ones are certainly environmental portraits:
The one above used a 24-70mm lens and a speedlight with a Honl Photo 1/8″ grid. The one below, a 16-35mm wide angle lens and a speedlight with an umbrella:
What do they all have in common? Simplicity, good exposure, and a thorough knowledge of the technical necessities.
You can learn this too. Why not do it? I have several great opportunities coming up!
All of these are excellent learning opportunities, and will broaden and deepen your knowledge significantly. Hope to see you there and then.
The difference between a snapshot and a good picture? Often enough it is simplicity. Simplicity does not necessarily mean taking things out of the picture. But it means taking things out of the picture that do not belong there.
Take this iPad snap, just now, of my new kitty Clio:
Not bad. But what if we took out that unnecessary space, and especially that little black thing on the right.
Then maybe add a frame. And now we get:
Can you see how much better that is than the original? Everything you remove that is not essential to the story makes the picture better. And you can remove it by cropping, blurring, recomposing: any way you like.
On Tuan the Celtics you pretty said “perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”. Or “less is more”.
And “On Tuan the Celtics you pretty” is Antoine de Saint-Exupery, World War Two fighter pilot and author of “Le Petit Prince”, that book about the little prince who lives on a tiny planet. The fact that Siri butchers his name shows how uncultured she is. Back to hand-typing.