Fundamentals of Photography by Cathy Finch
With the introduction of smart phones, each and every one of us has become an instant photographer. But in a world now bombarded with images, how do you make your snap, your story, stand out from everyone else’s?
Practice and keep learning.
When I first had work published as a paid photographer, I thought my stuff was worthy. But now, many, many years later, I look back at my early work and to be honest, it was appalling. I think maybe I had been to some wacky destinations, so editors tweaked my words and put up with
my images. Looking back, that most important eye and face of the leopard in Africa was all in shade with terrible lighting. I just got caught up with it being a leopard! My portraits looked staged, my horizons were crooked and I continually shot into distracting backgrounds. If I had just been taught a handful of some of the basic fundamentals of photography and mechanics of light, exposure and composition, my craft would have improved out of sight, overnight.
You don’t have to have a fancy camera, the rules of composition and finding new ways to ‘see’ are the same on any camera. My goal every day is still to learn new ways to see and to experience the world with wider eyes.
Most great images don’t just happen…they are sculptured and painted with light. Just as Picasso, Van Gogh or Michelangelo used line, shape and colour and made it work, so do photographers use these same tools. We will also quite often visit a scene and return there again, and again, and again, to determine the exact time of day, perfect to photograph.
Photography Workshops at Studio fifty-three
If you really want to make your pics, pop, then take the time one day to put aside a few hours to come and learn some basics. I promise your photography will improve instantly.
We are very lucky to have Cathy Finch at Studio fifty-three and she holds regular workshops here.