It is a good practice to think about your subject before going to take pictures for more interesting pictures. However, finding a topic is not always easy, you run out of ideas or do not know how to proceed. I have put together a series of tips in a video to which I invite you to respond below.
How to find a subject in a photo
You can take pictures of anything that comes in front of you, but many times when you look at them you realize that it is of little interest. Or that you have strafed without a real thread.
You can also have an idea in mind, want to complete a series that is dear to you, deepen a subject, create the equivalent of a mini report.
Finding a subject in a photo is then a necessity. I tell you about it in the video below:
- what is the subject in photography?
- what if there is no subject in your photos?
- what if there are multiple topics?
- the different types of subjects
Remember that it is the subject that catches the viewer’s eye, as well as the story you tell with your photos. Without an obvious subject, or if there is a multiplicity of subjects and visual confusion, the viewer is lost, the image is less interesting.
Knowing what you are going to show, why you want to show it and how you are highlighting it is essential to come up with more interesting images.
If the first question you are asked is “what did you want to show?” Is a bad sign. Your photo does not have a subject, or it is not immediately recognizable. I develop these explanations in the video.
For further …
Michael Freeman described these issues in a book which is one of my references, I invite you to discover “50 creative avenues” which gives you many avenues to develop your creativity in photography.
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