The Things That Catch Our Eye as a Photographer
As a photographer, you will constantly be looking around for something that will look good as a photograph. Like a writer never stops looking for their next character to base their book on, or a playwright never stops listening out for humorous dialogue on a train that they can Magpie, a photographer will look for a view that will contribute to their next perfect image.
With such observation in mind, in the photographer’s case, we will think about just what sightings will provide an image that a photographer would want to capture.
The beauty of wildlife is that no two pictures are ever going to look the same. Wild animals are constantly moving between different backdrops. This does, of course, present the photographer with problems in terms of how best to capture the animal, but the rewards are great when lots of animals are featured on calendars every year.
If you want to make money from photographing wildlife, you will need to think about how to capture animals in action without blurring them and about having photography equipment capable of taking a photograph of a high enough definition not to blur when enlarged to calendar size. It is okay to blur the background as this provides the illusion of movement but to blur a subject, such as a deer, would be unforgivable in the world of photography.
Telephoto lenses are vital for photographing wildlife from a safe distance and will prove to be a method that does not disturb or dissuade the animals from their natural pose. Lots of waterproof clothing are likely to be needed to be worn by a photographer out in all weather to capture the perfect shot. So, ensure that you are kitted out in every respect. If you are interested in more wildlife photography tips, consider reading the blog posts published by companies like Topaz Labs.
The cameras thought to be the best for wildlife photography include the Nikon D50, Nikon D7200, the Canon 7D Mark II, or the Canon Rebel T5i. Other ones will be for you to ask your local photography store about or view on the internet to make comparisons.
People make good subjects, but unless they have hired you to take professional photographs, it is wise to ask their permission first. There are so many instances where people decide to hire a professional photographer. A Newborn Photographer will photograph babies when they are a matter of a couple of days old, a wedding photographer will capture the happiest moments in a couple’s life as they say “I do”, and fashion photographers will take pictures of models to help advertise and promote clothing. In some cases, this does rather go against the natural pose, but there are situations where people will eventually forget that the camera is there. In years to come, we will then thank photographers for providing images of social history that depict the time that the photograph was taken, in terms of the type of fashions being worn, for example.
Photographing models remains the best way to show off clothes, given that it is people who will wear them rather than dummies. It is fascinating how many different moods can be created from one model and how a casual look can be achieved from what is essentially a controlled and therefore more formal environment. The photographer will always see something, just a small detail in a pose, that will make all the difference between the first photograph and the thirtieth one taken being the one to select. Subtle differences are everything that makes an image special. How the light reflects, the position a model’s head is in, or the way arms are held, can make a big difference to how an image looks in the end.
While most of us give little thought to what is above us, unless we hear an aircraft, photographers will constantly be looking up. They will be looking at the architecture of buildings, which is more evident from their top half, rather than perhaps a shop front and window display that is below. The shop area below is the building’s current practical purpose, whereas above is its history. So, this allows a photographer to make something of this by capturing, as an image, a view which most people would not spend their time looking at.
A 70-300mm zoom will work well for capturing the details of stonework and woodcarvings. A good flash will fill in dark areas around the roof areas of historic buildings. A polarising filter is useful to have fitted to a camera to reduce the reflection from its windows.
So, much to catch the eye of the photographer, from the natural to the pretty to the historical. It is all there to be captured. What can make for a good photograph is capturing all those things that most people do not see because they lack a photographer’s eye, or because they are just too busy going about their daily lives.