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Did It Do It: Did It Show A New Way Of Looking At Ordinary Ideas?

Shot for the American Red Cross Annual Report.

Shot for the American Red Cross Annual Report.

This is another point on my did it do it list of twelve reasons why a photo works. Did it show a new way of looking at ordinary ideas? These are not rules, since I don’t like rules. Rules are a hindrance and can and will get in the way of those creative juices. They’re merely guidelines I’ve been using for a very long time; most of the forty-four years I’ve been a photographer.

I feel strongly enough about the list that I show it to all my classes I teach online with the PPSOP, and I share them with my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet.

After a long career, I can tell you that there are few original ideas left, but that’s ok. The challenge comes with looking at a subject in a new light. It might be a different POV. For example, have you ever laid on your stomach to get a different perspective on something? Have you ever adding some props to an existing location that’s been photographed a hundred times before you got there.

Maybe it’s the time of day since so many of my fellow photographers wait until after breakfast to go out shooting, or quit so they can have dinner…missing the great late evening sun. This alone would make a huge difference between your photos and everyone elses. Light can do wonders to ordinary ideas. I’ve often said that if you find the light you’ll find the shot.

It could be something as simple as using a lens you would never have thought of. Have you ever shot a portrait with a 200mm lens? How about a 17mm lens or a 100mm macro? No? Well you’re missing out on a great way to shoot people.  What about a landscape shot as a vertical? Trust me, it can work.

The key to all this is what the title to my classes and workshops is all about. You just gotta go out and stretch your frame of mind, or as my students refer to it as “SYFOM”.

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my 2014 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. I still have spaces left for my Maine workshop July 27th, and my “back to the beginning” workshop this coming September 17th in Jerusalem. Come shoot with me.

Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to: AskJoeB@gmail.com.


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