One afternoon while I was walking the streets of New York looking for interesting subject matter, I decided to look at things in a different way. Instead of my usual straight on approach, I began looking at things through fences, holes of various shapes, and shooting reflections off buildings. It didn’t take long to see things in an entirely new way, and I was really getting into it.
As I tell my fellow photographers that take my online classes with the BPSOP, and those that sign up for my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around our planet, always think about coloring outside the lines.
This works especially when you’re either getting bored or have temporarily lost some of those creative juices that feeds the desire to go out and take pictures. If it’s some new inspiration you’re looking for then I can promise you that seeing things in a new way will be just the spark you’re looking for to get that camera bag out of the closet and start shooting again.
Having said this, here’s another tip: Take your camera off auto-focus so you’ll have control of your DOF. I know for some this might be a scary notion, but just remember that there was a time when you actually had to focus all by yourself. Nowadays, the auto-focus feature is a luxury, not a necessity.
Manually focusing will enable you to focus past the fence, hole, or surface to whatever your subject matter is. Then, you can try different F/stops to get the desired effect as far as how much you want the foreground to be sharp. Try shooting at the widest aperture all the way down to the smallest. It won’t take you long to figure out what the best look will be.
Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my 2016 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Come shoot with me sometime.
I have added a new workshop to my 2016 schedule. On September 21st, ten photographers will get together with me at my evening “meet and greet” to begin a fantastic five-day workshop in New York, New York. Check out my description at the top of this blog. Come shoot with me.
Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to: AskJoeB@gmail.com and I’ll create a video critique for you.