So, yesterday my keep-in-mind-I’m-totally-an-amateur photography tip was to take lots of shots. Lots. Of. Shots. Many in number and many in sequence by pressing that shutter release button (the button you push to take photos) and letting it click-click-click-click as fast as you can.
Today’s tip: Get nice and cozy with whatever you’re shooting. Meaning, get close. Really close. That’s such a simple tip, really, but it’s usually what makes all the difference between a pretty good shot and a great shot. I’ve read in photography books that most beginning photographers don’t get close enough to the focal point. I think this is probably the single most important thing you can do to take better shots.
Here is an example of a pretty picture, but nothing pops out and there really isn’t a focal point. Also, we are left wondering what that dark lump is at the bottom of the photo…
We want to see the what’s in the water! Or maybe we don’t want to see….
Yipes. Something prettier, you say? Okay…
How about a tree full of cherry blossoms? This photo is pretty, but in a blinding snowstorm sort of way…
That’s nice. But we want to see more detail. We’d like more focus on what’s important to the photographer, whether that be a bird in the tree, a bee buzzing on a bloom, or the blossoms themselves.
When I took these shots a few months ago, I wanted to focus on the blossoms, not the entire tree. I wanted to capture Spring. Zooming in (or getting closer) to just one branch of cherry blooms, shows the beauty of the cherry tree better than the above shot of the entire tree.
But pull in even closer, and more detail pops out.
Remember, take a bunch of photos this week with your camera! We’ll share them with each other on Friday (you’ll post them on your blog or site or on Flickr, and share a link with us).