Photography has always been a passion of mine, particularly conveying a particular perspective through my prized lens. So long as I have my camera, I get wrapped up in the moment, and each picture I take, no matter how many they are of the same object, tell a different story every time. It’s like magic, as if I’ve been placed in a new place altogether. No one can pull me out of this place.
People often believe in a set of rules, an expensive camera and a far-off place in order to take a good picture, but that’s not true. Good photography depends very much on perspective and how well it is being conveyed through that photograph. You can take good photos everywhere you go, so long as you tailor your camera to the light conditions of the situation and the perspective you wish to convey. Your photos can even go back in time, if you’d like it to.
You hear a lot about light, colour and focus from many professionals, which makes you worry that weather conditions prevent you from taking a good photo. But that’s untrue. Photography is a work of art you bring anywhere with you. It is possible to take a good photo, rain or shine. Going out onsite with my husband Eric’s company Tree Lopping Brisbane North, I’ve been able to take some great nature shots among trees, palms and wonderful landscapes. But rather than thinking of how good the photo must be and it’s location or framing, it’s worth trying to think of the perspective you are conveying with the photo. But you should practice and strengthen yourself with the basics of photography too.
We don’t need to leave the house, actually, to do this. Here are some indoor objects that we definitely have at home which will help us better understand the different camera effects before we venture out and take magnificent pictures:
- Indoor flowers: Taking flowers in a vase allow us to play around with colour effects and the varying shades of white
- Fire and candles: Photographing a flame allows us to experiment with the effects of varying exposure lengths and times on our cameras
- Oil and water: You should be able to get a decent photo with macro lens and extension tubes by pouring water into two cups in a clear dish and sitting on a flat piece of colourful paper. Fun shapes should be created when you drop two or three drops of oil into the water
- Food: Photographing food allows you to play with style, texture and distance
- Window silhouettes: Put your camera in auto, and focus your subject in front of a glass door. Observe the changes when you shift your camera focus elsewhere
Remember that taking photos is about capturing the opportunity and potential of what an image could be. It gets better with practice and using what you have to create that perfect frame, and any amount of expensive equipment, no matter how hard you try, may not work out if you’re not using it at the right time.
Photography is art, in any sense, and conveys your unique personal perspective to everyone else. Once you think of it this way, it should be easy to leverage the right exposure, colour, as well as lens to capture the perfect moments and share it with everyone else.