Foreword: I don’t know how professionals do it. I am strictly amateur, or a wannabe… I had some idealistic toughts years before when I started shooting pictures: I don’t need to learn from others, as it would spoil my individuality. I must listen just to myself – nobody and nothing else matters. Time passed and I was angry soon – I did not like my own shots about things and people. Something was missing from them. Someting uncatchable, yet basic. Then I started looking photos from others, known and unknown photographers. A thought began to raise inside. I was on a bad path for a long period. Photography is not only about yourself & way of self expression. You must look behind your subject. You must anticipate and accept the other one, feel their way of thinking and feelings – you must know them more than yourself nearly. You must make a human touch to their soul. This must forward any technical setup. If you can do this, you will be in the shot too. That’s where and what you realy are in your own creation. Understanding the other. Does not matter if it is a landscape or portrait. Make a kind of personal connection. Use your emotional quotiens. Technics you have secondary. If you can assimilate your subject in yourself, you allready won something. You will never make art, photographic excellence in the lack of understanding the theme in front of you. You are what you see and catch in the other, on that land you stand upon. Forget camera. Forget lighting. Look inside your feelings and your heart. Photo first what you find there with your brain, make a picture there for the first glance. Understand it then, and get ready. Communicate it out. And then you can develope, and catch the momet. It does not take time away from the moment you wan’t to catch, soon it will be a basic instinct. This is what I would call the born of a picture. When you stand there and like lighting, you feel the human aspect. If you have this feeling – then you are on a good road becoming an artist. This is how I think is worth to express yourself by photography. And then everything else. This is how I see it now.
For 1 to 10 points of tips:
- Know yourself
- Feel your subject
- Make direct or indirect emotive common connection with your subject
- Don’t feel as waste of time to trust and examine your feelings
- Don’t feel as waste of time to examine and understand the feelings of your subject, or it’s surrounding environment
- Learn to feel as instinct the moment when both of you are in the best instant for to exposure
- Don’t leave your subject instantly after the shot or series of shots – calm down and again examine both of you, the land – what you have been just archived
- Remember the feelings of the moment when you are making the postworks
- Show to your closest partner (friend, parent, lover etc) the work you’ve made, ask them do they recognise you in the shot – inside
- Be proud of what and how you’ve just made art, and freezed a moment and a feeling – how you became a part of the picture.
Uff (sorry for my english, I’m not a native of this language…).
Photography technical professionalism is a thing, but you need more to have artwork done.