Remember the philosophical question, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound”? Put in photographic terms, “If nobody notices your photos, do they really matter?”
In the 15-minute video below, you’ll learn several pro tricks for capturing images that really stand out and get noticed. It’s all about switching things up a bit so your photographs are more interesting. And once you get the hang of it, your work will ascend to the next level.
Most of the tutorials we post from photographer Alex Armitage involve image-editing tips and tricks. Today’s episode is more about shooting and “learning how to see.” You’ll also pick up some digital effects near the end of the tutorial.
Armitage bluntly states that, “If no one notices your photos you have to make them less boring, and you don’t do that by finding more interesting things to shoot, you do it by photographing the things around you in a more interesting way.” He then suggests a simple thought experiment: think of all the photos (yours and those by others) that have stuck in your mind. Then ask yourself why.
According to Armitage, most memorable images owe their impact to the fact that they’re based around a single idea or theme. Therefore, he says “the best way to catch someone’s eye and have them spend more time looking at your photo is to “create a picture that leaves no doubt as to what that photograph is all about.”
Armitage also demonstrates how a simple shift in composition can intrigue a viewer, move them through a photo, and even guide their expectations. He also has some interesting advice designed to help you create images that move beyond the obvious.
So if you find yourself stuck in creative limbo, this episode is the perfect antidote.
A quick trip to Armitage’s YouTube channel will yield more tips on learning to love light as he does, so be sure and pay a visit.
And check out the tutorial we posted last week from another pro shooter, with six reasons your photos aren’t sharp, and how to get it right.