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How to improve my creative eye?

 
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Feb 03, 2014 16:48 |  #16

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Feb 03, 2014 17:03 |  #17

I like the idea of shooting in RAW and using an older 1 gig or smaller memory card without deleting photos.
It is a way to have a very limited number of shots and that forces you to stop and think about framing , to make the best you can with each.


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Feb 03, 2014 17:22 as a reply to  @ InfiniteDivide's post |  #18

A great piece by Meyerowitz

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=Xumo7_JUeMo (external link)




  
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Feb 03, 2014 22:19 |  #19

mikekelley wrote in post #16659557 (external link)
... study art. Study the masters...

Cut off an ear. Vincent Van Gogh did, and you should see the quality of his art!;)




  
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Feb 03, 2014 22:28 |  #20

^ I "hear" he got a lot more famous after that.


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Feb 04, 2014 02:38 |  #21

Another idea that especially handy if you are learning to use off camera lighting is to pick up a mannequin. You can see how the shadows fall and be able to try out new techniques whenever you like without having to find a live model.




  
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Feb 04, 2014 03:11 |  #22

PhotosGuy wrote in post #16659966 (external link)
Do both. Post #22: how do you guys deal with frustrations of getting bad shots?

Then, as you get more comfortable, try this in post #36: Learning: is there one particular lens which helped you get better

You could try something like this: A walk by the river. Put the cam on RAW; take only a 128MB card; one lens; don't delete. See what happens. ;)

Here's a variation on that. Ever played “chicken”? Just take only one frame of an event:
http://www.scottkelby.​com/blog/2009/archives​/2829 (external link)

I like these,thank you for sharing :)

Preeb wrote in post #16660071 (external link)
Read "The Photographer's Eye" by Michael Freeman. It's all about composition, with lots of examples to demonstrate various techniques for composing different shots.

I will get this book :)

Tom Reichner wrote in post #16660184 (external link)
Could you tell us what types of things you like to photograph most? What are you most passionate about, as far as subject matter is concerned?

I like landscape photography :) But I'm usually at home and It will be costly on my side to travel because beautiful scenery are far away from our place. so I'm thinking on how can I improve here at home so that when I saved up enough money and go to those places my chances of getting a "worthy of printing photo" will be higher.

InfiniteDivide wrote in post #16661103 (external link)
I like the idea of shooting in RAW and using an older 1 gig or smaller memory card without deleting photos.
It is a way to have a very limited number of shots and that forces you to stop and think about framing , to make the best you can with each.

This is a good exercise in my opinion, so that when your on a location you don't just take random shots and go home hoping for "good" results.

kjonnnn wrote in post #16662055 (external link)
Besides all that's been mentioned. Take an ordinary object and photograph it from every angle, every perspective every focal length ... Make the boring every day object interesting. Change the context Change the the lighting, learn and see how light falls on your subject. Learn about the quality of your lighting and how it affects your subject.

Be aware of any relationship between your subject and it's background.

Just know that developing your eye is about learning how to "see" the image before you press the shutter. Dont get caught up in the photography gadgetry. T photos were created before our digital technology.

Another great idea. thank you! :)




  
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Feb 04, 2014 08:59 |  #23

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^ I "hear" he got a lot more famous after that.

Only in the movies. He never sold a painting in his lifetime.

He got famous after his death.




  
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Feb 04, 2014 09:02 |  #24

Both are long but worth a watch.
Composition
http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=OtcD84l9eUw (external link)

Finding a style
http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=WuV7bspAh1Q (external link)




  
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Feb 04, 2014 10:39 |  #25

All of the above, plus one that works for me - shoot something to your satisfaction, then upload to your computer and review everthing you like and don't like about the shots. Then GO BACK AND SHOOT IT AGAIN, using the knowledge you gained when you critiqued your first shots. This obviously only works for stationary objects. For landscapes, you might try different times of day or weather conditions to see how a scene is affected by various qualties of light.


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Feb 04, 2014 22:59 |  #26

Firefloss wrote in post #16662116 (external link)
I like landscape photography :) But I'm usually at home and It will be costly on my side to travel because beautiful scenery are far away from our place. so I'm thinking on how can I improve here at home so that when I saved up enough money and go to those places my chances of getting a "worthy of printing photo" will be higher.

Here is your chance. Look for beauty in the uninteresting place where you live. Make it your challenge to find perspectives and lighting that can turn the boring landscape around you into something special. When you can do this, you have begun to find your creative eye. It can be very frustrating, but an excercise worth pursuing, IMHO.




  
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Feb 05, 2014 00:43 |  #27

Sibil wrote in post #16664523 (external link)
Here is your chance. Look for beauty in the uninteresting place where you live. Make it your challenge to find perspectives and lighting that can turn the boring landscape around you into something special. When you can do this, you have begun to find your creative eye. It can be very frustrating, but an excercise worth pursuing, IMHO.

looks easy but in reality it is hard. lol but I guess this is an effective practice




  
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Feb 05, 2014 01:23 |  #28

Forget about this site.
I am not naming but there are very roude Critique photosite on web. Just register and actively critique others as you get critique on your images. Don't let things said hurt your feeling as they do but at the end you will see exactly what you want, at best, free and in no time.


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Feb 05, 2014 01:25 |  #29

Look at lots of photos, a good place to do that is right here on potn.




  
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Feb 05, 2014 06:33 |  #30

Firefloss wrote in post #16664659 (external link)
looks easy but in reality it is hard. lol but I guess this is an effective practice

No, it is not easy. But if you want to develop that "eye" it's a good start, among many other suggestions made by folks above. There are so many photo sharing threads on POTN that if you study them enough, and pay close attention to what people comment on, you'll start getting a feel for what makes the pics work, and sets them apart from just a snap shot. You'll start getting there when in everyday life, you start seeing things differently than you used to. Your eyes become camera lenses and you can see, in your mind, how any scene, object, etc would look like in a photo if photographed this or that way; again, perspective, light, DOF, color, etc.
Here is an example, go outside and lay on the ground, look around you, you'll notice that everything looks differently than when you were looking at them standing up. Aha! A different perspective; see what I mean?
So, in this simple example, your eye and brain should be trained at seeing things, from different angles; from standing on a ladder to laying on the ground. Now combine this variation in perspective with how you pick a scene, an object, location, etc, and start evaluating color, light (angles, types, etc,) DOF, and you are beginning to scratch the surface.
When looking at shared photos here on POTN, and a pic catches your eye, or others highly praise one, look for these elements in them and see if you can understand them. Then go out and see if you are able to replicate a praticular photo.
Taking lots of shots, without going through this kind of homework, might not get you there.




  
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