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How to improve my creative eye?

 
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Feb 02, 2014 23:43 |  #1

Hi i'm a beginner and want to hear some advises on how can I EFFECTIVELY improve my creative eye. any suggestions? :)




  
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Feb 02, 2014 23:51 |  #2

Do a 365 project. Try to take 1 good picture every day. Make yourself do it. It will force you to practice, and you will get better. I have seen many people where their day 1 is.... ok... but towards the end they are amazing! However, you have to really try, and not just snap a picture and be like "k... im done for the day".


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Feb 03, 2014 00:21 |  #3

First, buy some books on photographic composition and/or take a basic photography class at a local college, junior college, or photography club. This will expose you to some basic techniques and "rules" that will help you understand what makes a good image (or how to avoid basic mistakes). After that, it's hard to say what you can do to improve other than lots of trial and error. Unfortunately, artistic creativity isn't necessarily something that can be learned, it's more of an innate talent. You can certainly learn to avoid making what most people consider to be bad images but making exceptional images is not something that happens by following a formula or recipe.


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Feb 03, 2014 00:58 |  #4

Also follow the Composition & Arty Stuff thread in this forum. We've got several pairs of good eyes and, sometimes, the analytic skills to say what works and doesn't work about a composition.


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Feb 03, 2014 02:11 |  #5

thank you for the replies guys. i'm thinking of 1 photography technique per week. what do you think?




  
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Feb 03, 2014 03:06 |  #6

Forget taking pictures, and study art. Study the masters, and light, and composition, and how they use it. Watch classic films and modern films, and study light, and how they use it. Study sculptures, and form, and shape, and note how it's used.


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Feb 03, 2014 03:33 |  #7

Youtube is your friend. Find what style interests you and watch as many videos as you can find. Then go out into the real world and practice the heck out of what you learned.




  
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Feb 03, 2014 05:07 |  #8

Take one subject, person, animal, or object. Learn and apply the rule of thirds and place the item in each intersection.
Once you practice this technique, you can compare your own photos and see what style of shooting you like.
From there, try this with different subjects and side of photography.
This has helped both my macro and environmental portrait shots composition.


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Feb 03, 2014 06:04 |  #9

mikekelley wrote in post #16659557 (external link)
Study the masters, and light, and composition, and how they use it. Watch classic films and modern films, and study light, and how they use it. Study sculptures, and form, and shape, and note how it's used.

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Then when you do take pictures see how your images measure up. Set the bar high with your work.




  
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Feb 03, 2014 07:06 |  #10

mikekelley wrote in post #16659557 (external link)
Forget taking pictures, and study art. Study the masters, and light, and composition, and how they use it. Watch classic films and modern films, and study light, and how they use it. Study sculptures, and form, and shape, and note how it's used.

Are you suggesting sir that before I learn to take pictures using my camera, I must practice taking pictures with my mind first?




  
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Feb 03, 2014 07:27 |  #11

Firefloss wrote in post #16659750 (external link)
Are you suggesting sir that before I learn to take pictures using my camera, I must practice taking pictures with my mind first?


I think he is. I was 'technically proficient" within a very short time of starting photography, but I knew nothing about art and had no vision............basi​cally, my wedding and portrait work were simply "mug shots". My photography only improved when I started studying art and the works of others, it was only then that I realised what made many images attractive to me


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Feb 03, 2014 08:38 |  #12

Good advice, in my opinion.

I work with a talented graphic (and fine - she has a BFA) artist to whom I would sometimes show shots I was unhappy with. She would frequently tweak them a little, usually just by cropping, and transform a very mediocre picture into something that looked very good. She was able to see what I couldn't.

Also, I know an experienced pro photographer who taught a beginning photography course a few years ago, I believe at a community college. He told me he had the students bring a sketch pad instead of a camera to the first couple of classes.


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Feb 03, 2014 09:00 |  #13

Firefloss wrote in post #16659750 (external link)
Are you suggesting sir that before I learn to take pictures using my camera, I must practice taking pictures with my mind first?

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:
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Feb 03, 2014 09:43 |  #14

Firefloss wrote in post #16659326 (external link)
Hi i'm a beginner and want to hear some advises on how can I EFFECTIVELY improve my creative eye. any suggestions? :)

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.


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Feb 03, 2014 10:36 |  #15

Firefloss wrote in post #16659326 (external link)
Hi i'm a beginner and want to hear some advises on how can I EFFECTIVELY improve my creative eye. any suggestions? :)

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?


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