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Chronicles from the World of Mood - part 4 of 1 2 3 4

by Ruben Buhagiar Published 01/10/2009

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The Technique to catching the ctmosphere - An Approach to Personal Expression

Basically all the above can be infused into three major steps, which I find very useful and quite appropriately defines my photography. I call it the '3-step method':

1. Know your subject
2. Concentrate (focus your attention) on your subject (in order words, compose your image)

Do not over-push an image. You will get your strongest photographs with the honest approach.

Step 1: Study your subject. A great photo always has strong subject matter, one with line, form, shape, mass. Look photographically and see the details. Examine and identify what intrigues you personally. Decipher the message you want to pass on. Given the chance, take time to observe.

Step 2: Composition is a means of leading a viewer through your photograph and holding him there until he or she sees the message. For this, there are methods of composing to achieve maximum strength in your imagery. One can identify them as elements, and here I thought it worthwhile listing them out:


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· Light
· Colour
· Contrast and Tone
· Line
· Form
· Pattern
· Balance
· Movement
· Positive/Negative Space
· Camera Position
· Focal Length
· Depth of Field
· Shutter Speed

Discussing them one by one by one is beyond the scope of this article, but it is important to say that elements of composition must always be considered in combination. The essence of photography (indeed of all art) is in the relationships that are created. The relationships within an image become the essence of a fine photograph. When a photograph includes a bunch of things, but posing no compelling relationships between them, it simply fails. All too often, a photograph fails because it is strictly an 'object' photograph; an isolated object of visual interest. Yet the object exhibits no interesting relationship to anything else in the photograph. The remainder of the image is strictly background. With rare exceptions, such photographs are mere documentation of objects but, lacking internal relationships, they fail artistically. Photographers look for relationships; snap shooters look for things.

Step 3: Simplify. Do not let the eye wander around RANDOMLY! Even a complex composition needs to be simplified by the process of eliminating all unnecessary items but being sure to retain all that is important


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