These days it is very easy to take a great picture. In fact, our modern cameras and computers have made it possible for almost anyone to pick up a camera, with little experience, and start shooting away. And if they mess up, they just fix it in Photoshop or pick another image out of the 4000.
Everyone focuses on the faces and the poses… which I am not knocking. I love shooting portraits and posing and anything else involved with it. I think portrait photography has it’s purpose and place. But this is not what I am talking about. What I am talking about is when you have the camera in your hand at events, weddings, or just the backyard.
We can easily fall into being in a default portrait mode all the time… snapping away at capturing smiling heads or great food… and leaving out everything else that makes the story. A great story photograph brings you into the moment and captures your emotions. It makes you feel something. It is timeless and will last for as long as it can be reproduced. This type of photography is what I wrestle with on a daily basis, what I strive to perfect.
So how do you take a photograph that means something? Well, you can argue that they all mean something to the person taking them, but I wasn’t satisfied with that. For me it was really simple once I figured it out…. are you ready?
- Backup up and take a third person point of view to what you are seeing.
- Think about what you are looking at and include the environment into the shot.
- And, most importantly, compose the shot and wait for the moment.