Photo Tip #2 A Matter of Pretend
January 8, 2016
I’ve been approached by many people who say “That’s a BEAUTIFUL Camera! It must take great pictures!”
My response? “Thank you! I taught it everything it knows!”
“It ain’t the violin – it’s the violinist” translated to “It ain’t the camera, it’s the photographer.”
People reading this are in all skill levels from the pro who wants to see what I’m up to, to the person who found a camera under their tree and haven’t the faintest idea what to do with it.
Whether you have a cheap point and shoot camera, or a new DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera, it all comes down to this:
A camera is a box.
With a hole in it.
YOU decide what goes through that hole. (Thank you, Michael Barton)
The point is this; great camera or entry level, you have all the equipment that is necessary to take great photos. Most of it is between your ears.
In the tips over the coming weeks, I’ll be giving you information that will help you regardless of your experience level or the complexity of your camera. Once you have mastered the basics, THEN is the time to consider stepping up to a better camera. It’s the mind we have to work on first.
Today’s exercise will make you feel a bit silly, but it is really vital to understand. Do NOT skip this step!
Hold your hands up like you’re pretending to take a photo. Look through your hands and pretend to take a picture. When you move your shutter finger to take your pretend photo, say “Boom!” It doesn’t have to be loud, but the verbal “Boom!” is necessary. I told you it would feel silly.
Ok, it’s one thing to say Boom! in your office or den – but it’s an entirely different thing to do it in public, but that is exactly the next step.
What is important is for you to pay attention to what you are seeing in the world, and what, when you have that camera in your hands, you are going to let come through that hole. Play as you see people walking down the street. Use your pretend camera at a show or a movie – what did the director see to make the scene interesting? Can you time your “Boom!'s” to catch the action where you want it? Can you see all you want to see in the frame? Your mind is not hard to train, but you need to practice without the camera. Your mind needs to know exactly what it is you want to capture when you DO have the camera in your hand.
Now, put your booms together with the focus technique we discussed in the last tip. Our goal is to have you, not the camera in charge when you take a photograph.
Until next time,
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