It has been some time since I last published a post on my site. The last 6 months have been a time of reflection and considering my way forward with my photography. I have also started setting up a fine art photography website that is still a “work in progress”.
Fine art photography is a creative depiction of a scene or object that is a personal expression of the photographer. The creative photographic ideas must be original, and the photographer needs to avoid copying the work of others. This can be not easy to achieve when photographing iconic locations or structures that have been photographed many times before.
A good question to ask yourself is, what can I do differently to make this scene unique to me? Be open-minded when thinking about this and allow your thoughts to be expansive. It may be scouting around for a less common location to shoot from, or it could be using intentional camera movement or many other options.
Here is a short list of ideas to stimulate your creative thinking:
- Could time-lapse photography add something new and interesting to this scene?
- How would this scene look at various times in the day? Maybe, a night shot would be great.
- Would lens choice make a difference here?
- What about the depth of field choices?
Getting to know a place first before capturing your images can make a difference to what you create. When you feel a connection, this often comes across to the viewer when they look at your photograph. In a landscape, sitting and being one with nature can improve images with more emotion and creativity.
The same can be said for urban locations, including street or architecture photography. Get to know the location before taking your images. Please sit down and observe the people going about their business. Work on becoming part of the place. Before setting out to your chosen location, do some research to be better prepared when you get there.
I have visited Snapper Rocks many times over the last few years, and it is one of my favourite places to photograph. There is usually an abundance of changing scenes to keep the creative juices flowing – from waves crashing onto rocks to surfers riding the waves to people playing beach soccer. On a recent visit, the light began to fade, and my first thought was it is time to pack up and go home.
But I wasn’t ready to go home. Instead, I decided to do some images using intentional camera movement. I was playing around to see what results I would achieve. Here is an image from that session:
This image is called “At The End Of A Long Day”. This is not your typical sunset shot; it is my creative version. No two intentional camera movement images are the same, so this image is unique. I encourage you to exercise your creativity, too and see what you can produce.