First- Look Around Your Surroundings
One photography practice that I want to share with you is being able to be in the moment and just know what you want to show with the photo. You can be around your surroundings and look around to see what you believe would best represent the photo that you want to take.
Some of the best photos are taken my accident and in spit seconds- don’t think too hard about the things you start grabbing. Just let yourself feel the moment.
For my example, I saw a pencil bucket and it caught my eye so I decided this would be my foundation for what I want to express.
Second- Start Messing Around with What You Got and Figure Out Your Message
At this point you should have whatever things you grabbed in front of you. You should begin to think about what you want to express and what message you want to get across to whoever may see the photo.
- Mess with the things in front of you (turn them side ways, upside down, tear it apart if you can, or even cover it)
- Start to think about the message and arrange the things around
- Start to play with them with the message in hand
- Start to look at the placing and even the background of where the things are
- Think about whether you want it to be angled in a certain way or how much of the background you want
- Look at it from above or side ways and think about what it says to you and if its not your message change it
My message would be sun-ray revealing a mess. For me I feel happy but also stressed from the past couple of days so I want to show a sun ray or so revealing happy but messy.
Third- You Should Be at the End Thought But Still Keeping Messing with It
Find your angle. Take photo after photo and see what angle you want. Each angle can drastically show a different message. If it doesn’t work this is your time to STOP- take a breathe and think it through. This is where you can change what you want to express or have a change of heart. KEEP THE MESSAGE IN MIND
- Think what you want
- Pick the perfect angle
- But make sure to have fun
Fourth- Last Step and Editing If Wanted
This is where you capture your last image. Take a moment to stare at it and think to yourself “Is this it?”. If it’s not scrap it and start all over again to step one. If it is- CONGRATS! You have just managed to express your feelings with photography and enjoy the moment to see that you have managed make emotions something that can be touched a reality through photography.
For me, being able to have a feeling of uncertainty and to take that moment to really think about the emotion and the process of what it’s making me feel, distresses me. Having the activity of taking these steps to think about the feeling and how to express it- can give a moment of peace (if it is an upsetting feeling).