Tuesday’s Photo tip

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Today’s photo tip is a little late!  Please accept my apologies!  Today in our ongoing conversation about photography I want to talk about the basics of taking ‘better’ photographs and how to go about it.  Of all the things we need to do as photographers nothing counts nearly as much as practise.  Practise, practise and practise are the three most important steps we should take everyday.

Accept no excuses from yourself.  If you don’t have your DSLR practise looking, noticing, see the beautiful scene, watch how the light moves across the landscape.  Observe your fellow man and woman, watch their interactions, their facial expressions, how they walk.  There is nothing that makes beautiful digital photograph than the ordinary and everyday because most of us never pay it any attention.

If you do have a camera, then get to work!



About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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8 Responses to Tuesday’s Photo tip

  1. artbyjimmy says:

    Great tip. I always see people who complain about their images lack because they aren’t good enough. I always tell them to get out and practice. We are artist, we are visual, we need to be able to see what works, how it worked, and what made it work. This makes the difference between someone who wants to be a photographer and someone who just picks up a camera in my eye.

  2. Chillbrook says:

    I love the cool tones Brian. Very nice indeed.

  3. Stéphane Cassin Photographie says:

    Magnifique, j’adore, beau travail!!!

  4. Brian~ You are inspiring me to get my camera out ~ you speak about looking around with your camera eye. I love this! I look around with my ‘sign’ eye ~ looking for answers to challenges and questions from the signs the Universe gives me ~ most always they are found in nature. I had gotten away from people ~ as a lifelong bodyworker I often assessed this from a physical stand point but will now take a more diligent look at people an image capturing eye!

    • Well thank you so much Laura! It’s not the camera that makes a photo, its not the type writer that writes the best seller – its the human brain, the mind, the imagination! It all starts with noticing, paying attention!

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