Tell your story with your photos

If you haven’t already guessed, I’m quite passionate about photography. It’s an expression of ourselves, a barometer of how we view the world on a given day, an art form, and so much more. Stick with me and maybe some of that passion will rub off onto you. If it does, you’ll have a blast and will make memorable pictures! And maybe even find it therapeutic like I do! Me and my camera. Uh oh: I feel a song coming on….

You can pick up your camera, look through the viewfinder, and snap away. Sure, you’ll get a picture. But will you get it the way you want it? Will it tell the story? Will it show the emotion you felt at the time? Do you want to make that moment in time special, different, unique, yours? Do you want your family and friends to quickly flip through your photos just to get it over with, or do you want them to stop and take notice – hey, this is different! So unusual! I never saw a cat like that before!

Howard the Dog (he thinks he's one, anyway)

Or… I never got such a sharp mid-air shot of my daughter’s grand jeté at her recital.

Where in the World is Pete Prairie Dog?

Do you want to surprise people with unexpected pictures like this “lost” prairie dog? Here, I darkened the background and tossed in a moon that I had photographed at an earlier time. It can be done in almost any image editor. Pretty cool, huh? (I added the water with a plug-in filter, for added effect.)

With Howard the Cat, I laid on my tummy, took test shots to get him used to the camera and me, and by the time I made this image he was quite trusting and comfortable, as you can see!

My first tips? Get down! Get low! Get dirty! Climb high! And…. be patient! If you shoot only from eye-level, your pictures will look like everyone else’s, and your subject will look the way everyone sees it all the time – from eye level. For kids and pets: get yourself down to where they are! Get into whatever position it takes to show your subject the way you want it seen. So what if you get your jeans dirty. Wash ‘em later! But you may never again see a prairie dog like this one, in this position and with this expression, that I photographed at the Philadelphia Zoo. I waited patiently, took lots of continuous shots, and crossed my fingers…. for just this look. If you’re using a digital camera, no worries about wasted “film.” As Ansel Adams once said: “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” Don’t miss the shot, and never assume you’ll be able to get the same shot another time!

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~ by Karen Rosenblum on July 6, 2010.

One Response to “Tell your story with your photos”

  1. Wow, what great advice. Thanks!

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