Combining (unrelated) Elements in Seeing

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How can you create a stunning image from unrelated elements? How do you combine those elements to craft a compelling photograph? Why do observation and patience play such an important role in the process? This in-depth article will show you new ways of seeing your street and combining elements to design new worlds without using Photoshop. People sometimes ask me if I am a street photographer and I must admit I have a hard time answering this question. The problem …

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Expanding Your Seeing with New Elements

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In our last article, we viewed light as the starting point. This is an idea worth exploring further; however, this time we would like to focus on seeing from a slightly different perspective. When working with aspiring photographers, I notice that when they look for subjects some of them “automatically” eliminate certain elements in pre-visualizing the scene. The process of elimination is extremely important, I agree, but removing some objects from the frame because of a pre-conceived idea that they …

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Forget about the rest – make light the starting point.

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One of the most common dilemmas in photography, professional or not, is the difficulty of finding the right subject. When shooting on the street a photographer is often overwhelmed with the large number of elements, actions, sounds, colours or even smells. Similarly, while travelling we may be in a visually appealing location but somehow we find it difficult to start the seeing process. Some people call it lack of inspiration, others a failure to see. Those with fragile photographic confidence …

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Composition – “The Strongest Way of Seeing”

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Digital technology has opened up new possibilities in photography but it has also added new layers to the already difficult craft of seeing. A plethora of camera choices, complicated setups and an excessive focus on post-processing has taken away from the most important aspects of photography – subject, light and composition. When viewing the multitude of online photographs (at least done by those who appear to be serious photographers) you can see that many of them deal with interesting subjects …

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