Editing: three important things

 

1) Take many shots of subjects and situations that really interest you: it is better to take a lot of photographs of the same subject, thereby demonstrating to have studied the best point of view, than to shoot a vast number of superficial images of everything you stumble upon. When you have many similar shots, choose the best ones using the idea that “good” is better than “beautiful”, although they will often coincide. 2) When you get home from a trip, divide your photos by type of image and then select the best within these macro-groups (e.g. landscapes, people, details, etc.). 3) Feel free to experiment but be consistent; keep in mind that all the shots of a project or trip should have a uniform post-processing treatment.

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Language: three important things

 

1) Look at other people’s photos: study the “why” of all the elements present in both your own photos and those of famous photographers. Surround yourself with photographs, go to photography exhibitions and read photography books and magazines. 2) Have a project in mind before you shoot: that way you will have a purpose and can imagine what you will do with your photographs afterwards. This is the best way to ensure that your images will be interesting even to people seeing them for the first time, such as in an online gallery, or when you are not present to explain what they mean. 3.a) Always be curious and creative: look for new situations and do original projects. 3.b) Behave as if you are always on a trip and force yourself to meet new people. That way, photography will be a means to learn more about where you live and the people who live there without it becoming a sterile theoretical or aesthetic exercise.

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Composition: three important things

 

1) Think of the “frame” as a canvas to be filled giving equal value to both the edges and the centre. 2.a) “Compose” your photographs keeping in mind not only the two dimensions but also the three dimensions of the final result. Break down the scene into planes or “grounds”, which will give depth to the final result. 2.b) Always look for an original point of view, which is often the most challenging to shot. 3) Take time to study the scene and then take the shot.

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Technique: three important things

 

1) Know your camera (regardless of the type, even the one integrated into your smartphone) and equipment well. It’s a good idea to occasionally reread your user’s manual ;-) 2) Learn to immediately recognise what is happening in the situation you are photographing, so that you can make all the proper technical decisions to obtain the image that you want. 3) PRACTICE: this is the only way to become adept enough at the technical aspects of photography that you can be free to concentrate on composition and language.

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