Photos are “made”


Article Excerpt:
The best photo images are not taken anyway, they are “made,” and I have always thought that learning photo composition is not that much more different than learning anything else. Some people just catch on faster than others, but eventually with practice most people can do it. How long that will take mostly depends on how you go about it. The only real way to practice composing an image is by recording them on film, or digitally, so that you can see what you did right, and what you did wrong? It is actually all of your mistakes that teach you how to do it right the next time. However, just slapping a lens on your camera and shooting away is not the answer either. As the saying goes, “There has to be a method to the madness.”~by Paul W. Faust from his article The Art of Seeing: An Exercise in Photo Composition

8 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

    October 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

  2. Welcome back to the blogging life.

    October 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Much thanks Sally!

      October 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

  3. I found that out very quickly when I first began taking photo…I didn’t understand at first that a photo had to be “made”…which led to much disappointment when photos I thought I had, turned out to be unusable; which meant the subject matter was lost to me in that particular moment! I’ve a long way to go, but I’m learning… 🙂

    October 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Even professionals keep practicing and learning, how much more us mere mortals 🙂 Just keep on “making” photos, and learn along the way. Thanks Heather!

      October 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

  4. Apparently the brain is quite adept at recognising the golden ratio when framed, which is why some compositions are very appealing. I think you happen to be one of those people who is very skilled at recognising it naturally, even though of course you can enhance this innate recognition by learning these techniques, and as you say it isn’t difficult once you understand it.
    As you say there is always some planning involved in taking a great shot, no matter how talented you happen to be, and you know I think you are very talented 🙂

    October 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Thank you very much Ishaiya! You have very astute observations and that will serve you well in “making” photos, composition-wise and in recognizing interesting subjects and scenes. Appreciate your uplifting words! Great weekend to you!

      October 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      • Thank you Junsjazz! 🙂 You are very welcome by the way

        October 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

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