|Broken Angels - Bodfish, California|
When you open the camera's shutter, you are making your own unique interpretation of that scene. You are telling a story in your own words and from your own unique perspective. You are conveying thoughts and emotions. Photography is a form of non-verbal communication.
How good a photograph is depends on how strong it communicates. An image that isn't very good communicates poorly. An excellent photograph speaks clearly and boldly.
|Shelvador - Rosamond, California|
A common mistake is to not know what you even want to convey in your photographs. If you don't know where you are going you will never arrive. You must consider what thoughts and emotions you have about the scene, and figure out how to best communicate those through your photographs. This is called photographic vision.
If something strikes you about a scene, what is it exactly and why? Try to get to a deeper level of your conscience when considering this. Once you've discovered your own reaction to the scene, you can then go about composing your image in such a way that best explains that reaction.
|Alien - Mojave, California|
Remove everything from your composition that doesn't convey what you are trying to communicate. The problem is often that the photographer is too far away from the subject. Get closer. Get a lot closer! Simplify your photographs as much as you can. Show just the essential elements and nothing more.
One more common mistake is to photograph things that you are not interested in. Imagine trying to hold a conversation with someone about a topic that you could care less about. Would your words excite? Would people even listen to you? But what if the conversation were about a topic you are passionate about? What would your words and tone be?
|Web of Neglect - Mojave, California|
When you create an image, you are putting a part of yourself into that image. It's your thoughts and emotions that you are trying to capture. Yes, it is not the scene that you should be attempting to capture, but what you think and feel about that scene.
You are not documenting. Photography is interpreting. When you put a piece of yourself into the photograph, that's when you are creating art.