Recently, I was reading this post on photographyfree4all’s blog, and it really got me thinking. What is a photographer? What makes a good photo?
If you’ve read any of my older posts, you’ll know that film photography is quite new to me. Only in the last few months did I decide to pick up a film camera for the first time in over a decade. I like to describe this camera hobby as something that starts as a small itch, but ends up spreading everywhere. Before long, you end up like me, and find that you have quite a collection of cameras – medium format (120), 35mm, antique and specialised digital toycam alike.
When I first started taking photos with film recently, it was really hard for me to decide what would make a good photo, rather than something that’s just bland. Obviously, film cameras don’t have previews, so it’s even more important to be able to visualise your photos before you take them. Developing film isn’t cheap, after all. I actually found myself being overly reserved with my photo-taking, thinking that there was nothing around me worth taking.
Which brings me to my photography tip for the day. Around you are hundreds of photos. We all get so used to seeing what’s around us everyday that we become somewhat desensitised to everything we see. Think of a time when you were on holidays in a place you’ve never been – I bet you were often amazed by the simplest things. Things that the locals probably didn’t think much of. When you’re taking photos, think like a tourist. Keep it simple. Wait for the right time.
The photo above is something I see almost every day. It’s the street my girlfriend lives on, and I literally took this leaning out of my car. On this particular day, I liked the sun coming from the right, creating that contrast on the trees. Looking at it now, I like that the lone red car on the left stands out from the two white/silver ones on the right. I like the bin on the left which counterbalances the extra car on the right.
But you know what? I wasn’t even thinking of all that at the time. I just saw an opportunity for an image which someone with another perspective might find interesting, so I took a photo. I think it turned out pretty okay.