Think and Feel Like An Artist, Look and See Like A Camera

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When people see my photos oftentimes they ask me what camera I use. Very few people ask me my creation process (which I'm going to reveal very soon in my upcoming blogs).People might have assumed that the single biggest reason other photographers can create a beautiful image is because they have a sophisticated camera.  You might quickly find that it's not true when you actually have the same camera in hand... I can guarantee you that you can take lots of crappy images from that camera.  So why don't we start to understand what a camera can do, no matter what camera you have, and create a beautiful image within its capability?This process I call it: think and feel like an artist, look and see like a camera.  I've prepared a video while I was at Canyonlands National Park during my road trip (apologize for the audio quality due to lack of equipment during the trip).

In the end of the video, you'll see how easy to take a better picture without upgrading your camera.  To improve your photos, given the same time and location, sometimes all you need to do is to:

1 - Look from a new angle

Day 65 - Saint Malo Center on Hwy 7-002 bad

Day 65 - Saint Malo Center on Hwy 7-002 bad

Day 65 - Saint Malo Center on Hwy 7-001 good

Day 65 - Saint Malo Center on Hwy 7-001 good

Day 65 - Saint Malo Center on Hwy 7-002 good

Day 65 - Saint Malo Center on Hwy 7-002 good

Day 50 - Badlands SD-030 bad

Day 50 - Badlands SD-030 bad

Day 50 - Badlands SD-030 good

Day 50 - Badlands SD-030 good

2 - Change from landscape to portrait

Day 53 - Sioux Falls In Sunset-003 bad

Day 53 - Sioux Falls In Sunset-003 bad

Day 53 - Sioux Falls In Sunset-003 good

Day 53 - Sioux Falls In Sunset-003 good

3 - Zoom in to emphasize mountain (or your main subject as foreground/background)

Day 63 - White River National Forest, CO-001 bad

Day 63 - White River National Forest, CO-001 bad

Day 63 - White River National Forest, CO-001 good

Day 63 - White River National Forest, CO-001 good

4 - Point your camera to a new angle

Day 66 - sunset view from Fiery Furnace at Arches NP-001 bad example

Day 66 - sunset view from Fiery Furnace at Arches NP-001 bad example

Day 66 - sunset view from Fiery Furnace at Arches NP-001

Day 66 - sunset view from Fiery Furnace at Arches NP-001

5. A combination of some of all of the above

Day 51 - Pronghorns at Pinnacles Overlook-001 bad

Day 51 - Pronghorns at Pinnacles Overlook-001 bad

Day 51 - Pronghorns at Pinnacles Overlook-001 good

Day 51 - Pronghorns at Pinnacles Overlook-001 good

 

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