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My goal with this article is to help you become more artistic with your photography, so you can not only be a better photographer, but to see the art all around you in the world and in everyday life.
Because, as a photographer, your goal should be to perfect your work. And art is an essential part of photography.
Being great at your work will make you a professional, and professionals can charge a lot more then the amateurs, because you as a professional have earned it, and your work will be far superior.
When you reach that point, you’re set in a whole new category, you are not just a photographer anymore, you are an artist, and that is truely something to be proud of.
Looking for art in everyday life
Position and Angle
When photographing a model, In almost any cases you want to be head level with them or looking up at them, especially with children. It always bothers me when I see a high end photo looking down on a child, unless of course they’re trying to create a special effect intentionally making the child’s head look lager then his/her body.
Consider having the model looking away at something other then the camera, even try looking behind themselves turning their back to the camera completely. This makes for a much better artistic photo then the typical look at the camera and smile.
Also try asking the model not to smile, or to actually look a little sad. Small things like this will change the emotion and mood of the photo drastically.
Never allow your model to ware clothes that have logos or obnoxious colors. Try to have them ware muted colors. You want the focus to be on their face, not their clothes. Sometimes you just can’t avoid this in some cases where there is a perfect photo opportunity but the person is not dressed for it as in this example.
Light is a very interesting thing, you never noticed light the way you do when you start thinking about it and taking photos. Light is most interesting in the morning as the sun is rising, and in the evening as the sun is setting. The sun becomes magical, shooting beams of light through trees and windows exposing and illuminating particles of dust that you would normally never see.
Also, experiment with interior light when there is no other light source, like having a room light on and the hallway lights off so you can see the light poring out into the hall as a child opens the door. Or maybe even giving your model a flashlight as the only light source. Your mind can go wild thinking up so many awesom things you can do with light!
Learning just the basics of composition will greatly improve the art of your photos.
Having some great props in a scene will make it much more interesting. Instead of simply having a little boy sitting on a log by a pathway through the woods, give him a suitcase and maybe have him looking at a compass or reading a letter. All of these things can help tell a story and make a great piece of art.
Remove Distractions and reveal your focus point