Perception tells you one thing – the story of the shot another.
Extraordinary shots are the photographers goal. They’re fun and high impact. You can have a lot of fun fooling your viewer with a simple shot that is easy to take.
Here is a very quick video that lets you into the secret of taking really cool jumping shots. It’s all about point of view. Bryan Peterson, shows you how to take great jump shots and includes all the information you need to know to take the shot including the camera settings. The result is excellent…
Uploaded by AdoramaTV on Sep 16, 2011 AdoramaTV Presents “You Keep Shooting” with Bryan Peterson.
We might not all have a mountain range nearby to take photos like Bryan. However, I am sure you can apply the same technique in all sorts of places. How about in front of the elevated roadway? Or in front of a tall building? The shot looks dangerous but its all about perception. Give it a go in a location near you!
“English Summer Garden Party” – you don’t need to show everything to convey meaning. Sometimes a few details are enough.
The meaning is often already in the mind of the observer.
Your photograph does not need to show everything. The mind is a fertile environment for filling in the rest. What you need to do is convey a sense of what is going on.
What we want to do…
…is capture the scene. We have an overwhelming need to show people what is going on. The new photographer will want to show the scene – everything the eye can see. After all you want people to know what you have seen and experienced when you were there. The meaning of the scene is in the experience of its fullness. Or so we want to think.
The mind is a filter
No one truly sees what you see – even if you do show the whole scene and make a great job of it. Everyone wears special glasses, called a perceptual filter. It creates a unique world for each of us. We all see a world around us coloured by our previous experiences, disappointments, loves, wants, hates, wishes, actions, history – everything. From our inner selves we impart meaning into everything we see.
For the artist and photographer
We can take advantage of this perceptual filter. A good picture will communicate meaning to the viewer. It will tap into that perceptual filter and set free something in the mind of the observer that stimulates them. Your picture will be all the more compelling if you stimulate that inner meaning. The detail of something may do that more effectively than the whole scene. It is often the tiniest things that set us off down memory lane.