Do You Need An Exotic Location

October 26, 2018

So, some of my younger students asked the question...."Do I need to travel to make great images" ?   The answer is no!  Can it help....of course.  However, there have been many, many photographs over many years which are recorded just around the corner.  The greatness of an appealing image is perspective, composition, lighting and the story (mood) it tells.  A great image needs no explanation...I reiterate "A great image need no explanation" ! Most anyone albeit an enthusiast, pro or beginner can set a modern digital camera (even cellphones)  on auto in front of a spectacular mountain or seaside sunset and snap a photo!   Of course detail, color and lighting exposure (time of day) go without saying, this is part of what I teach.  

The real art of a great image is to create a mood, a story, an emotional bond with the viewer. To touch that button within one's memory. To do this you might setup the scene, arrange the view, create the lighting and manipulate the subject. This will be the true art of photography.  Today modern software allows for composite images created in one's mind.  They create a story, a feeling and interpretation of life at that moment, life in one's imagination. 

The very nature of social media, facebook, instagram, flickr, etc. are littered with such.  Landscapes that create excitement for the purveyor are numerous in the genre's. 

Is it possible for you to make a great image by what's around you?  Certainly! Just ask Gordon Lang, Bart Raymaker, Steve McCurry, Robert Capa, Alfred Stieglitz and many many others.

So the next time you bring out your camera think of an image that is unique, moody and says something.  Avoid the usual landscape that so many others have pursued to no real inspiring interpretation....people and things are unique at every moment in life.

 

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