- They explore unique ways to use light and color.
Any well-orchestrated photograph will feature colors that are true to life and good lighting that adequately illuminates the subject. Truly great photographs will take mere technical correctness and transcend it by using light and/or color in original ways you don’t see every day.
This is one of the many reasons why photographers are big believers in the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. Those are times of day that have a way of generating amazing lighting and vibrant, living colors you just don’t see the rest of the time. However, it’s important to understand there are other ways to capture light and color that truly sing.
Try using reflected light to add visual interest to your shots. Play with artificial lighting concepts that think outside the box and help to tell the story of your subject in an exciting new way. Look into ways you can consider color when putting your composition together as well. The sky’s the limit!
- They call attention to details that are often overlooked.
Here in the 21st century, humanity at large is busier than ever before. People are constantly rushing from place to place. They rarely stop to think, look around, and consider. As a result, they may grasp the big picture when it comes to their surroundings, but they probably miss quite a few of the details.
Many of the world’s most beautiful photos invite the viewer to stop and consider something they might have missed otherwise. It could be something as simple as the detail inside an orchid or a particularly unique shadow at sunset. It’s your job as the photographer to open your eyes, spot the more subtle beauties others might be missing, and capture their uniqueness in an eye-catching way.
- They show you the world from an unusual perspective.
Although we rarely think about it, each of us sees the world from the same perspective more or less all the time. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with photographs that capture the world from this same familiar perspective, mixing things up can be a simple way to add a wealth of interest to your images. Start considering ways you can do this in regards to your favorite subjects and watch your pictures come alive.
Instead of photographing a child or an animal from the usual perspective of a full-grown adult, try bringing yourself down to the subject’s level and grabbing the shot from there instead. Consider shooting from up high, down low, or from an angle that’s slightly off-kilter as well. Show your viewer the world from a perspective they’ve quite literally never considered before. You’re sure to be glad you did!