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As for many photographers, family and friends are guinea pigs for my photographic experiments in composition, processing, and technique. The reasons why are simple: They can’t run away, they will still love you even if you make them look insane, and they mostly ignore your camera while you work. This kind of intimate relationship with the subject reveals a kind of photography that can be a little hard for others to digest. At the risk of showing you meaningless crap, here are some of my latest experiments.
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If you want to experiment with your compositions and processing, here are some suggestions.
- Break the rules.
- Chop of limbs and heads.
- Frame things dead center.
- Freeze strange expressions.
- Make the subject ambiguous.
- Make leading lines go nowhere.
- Move those sliders and use the filters you usually avoid.
- Change the profile in your camera so you can better visualize what you are shooting.
- Consider the ordinary moments, how can you add visual impact to the every day experience?
- Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, start out with the expectation that the results will be less than stellar.
- Go for grab shots. Don’t worry about the viewfinder so much.
- Don’t think! We work so hard as photographers turning our noodle on that turning it off can seem impossible. However, try to go with your gut reactions.
Taking this approach isn’t likely to produce any award winning shots, but it does exercise your internal vision. Flexing that muscle can inform your photography later on. You might be surprised how the ordinary begins to reveal photographic potential you never saw before.