It contains many beautiful aspects. When looking at the landscape ahead of you, don’t you just see it more with a camera in hand? You become aware of all the beautiful details you walked past before. Some things that are beautiful suddenly becomes clearer to you!
The colours of a flower catch your eye because they are pleasing to the human eye. Suddenly you take a second look at the scenery in the street. Isn’t the composition of this building, with all the traffic, nicely put together? A sun-beam going through a window is something we just want to look at a little longer. How wouldn’t it look beautiful going across someone’s face?
There are some things in photography that we can control and some we can’t. Colours and light can be dimmed and enhanced using Lightroom presets, but the composition, unfortunately, not as much.
Well-trained photo editors don’t even see this as a challenge. For the hobby photographer, the fun part of taking pictures is not editing for ten hours straight. But you should never turn down the possibility of getting that last touch to reach the photo’s full potential. But before we get to editing, let’s start with choosing motive:
Do these questions only bring up other questions? Photography is 90% instinct and eye, and 10% theory. This is referring only to the aesthetics of a picture and not the complexity of the camera, of course.
The concept is whatever you want it to be. A portrait is one, a flower is one, a scenery of any kind is also a concept. If you want to succeed in a Photography Contest, the first rule is to find your own concept interesting. It doesn’t matter if everyone else is taking pictures of the same thing. You can hardly find anything in the world that people aren’t photographing already. What you need to do is do it well.
What is even better than one beautifully done photograph is a series. Taking your first well-composed series is a great exercise to better all your future single photographs, as well. Many postpone this for too long because it seems difficult to get one amazing shot, not to mention three. This brings us to the number three: a perfect number of photos that go in your first series. Before we move on, pay attention to this:
The last point cannot be underestimated. A beautiful series can be turned down by a judge because the photographer decided to add one last photo that just doesn’t cut it. It ruins the impression of the other photos. It’s tough; you feel a personal relationship to that photo you love.
This brings us to why a series is such a great exercise, even if you plan on only doing single pictures in the future. A series requires more thought on all the aspects that make a good photo. It shows that you have that special eye through taste, instinct, and exercise.
Be diligent and take those photos. Edit to the best of your ability and choose a photo contest or two to enter. Your perfect picture is just waiting to be taken.