03 BE COM­PLETELY AWARE

Hey! You! Pay at­ten­tion – proper at­ten­tion – to the whole scene be­fore tak­ing a sin­gle shot

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One of the most im­por­tant things to con­sider when shoot­ing is the idea of aware­ness. Be­ing com­pletely aware of ev­ery as­pect of the im­age you are cre­at­ing is crit­i­cal. You should train yourself to no­tice all of the things that your mind nor­mally fil­ters out. When we look at any nor­mal scene, our brain au­to­mat­i­cally elim­i­nates most of the ob­jects in view and just shows us the most im­por­tant. The cam­era shows the viewer ev­ery­thing.

Not only do we need to be aware of the ob­jects in the scene, we also need to be aware of the over­all ‘feel’ of the im­age. Do we want it to be very warm and com­fort­ing, or harsh and un­set­tling, for ex­am­ple? Aware­ness al­lows us to take this into con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore we push the but­ton, and the over­all re­sult will be a much stronger photo. Start train­ing your brain to see lit­er­ally ev­ery as­pect of the scene, both in terms of the el­e­ments present and the mean­ing of those el­e­ments for the viewer.

Right: You have to ar­rive early at the barn, or other pho­tog­ra­phers will crowd in too close

EX­PO­SURE 1/15 sec, f/10, ISO200 LENS Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF -ED VR

EX­PO­SURE 1/5 sec, f/11, ISO100 LENS Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF -ED VR

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