Photography

An Eye For Photography

It doesn’t matter what kind of equipment you have: even with a simple phone camera, it’s possible to take award-winning photos. We invite you to submit your favourite shots to us at ironwarriors.ca, and each month we will feature a winning entry. Below are some tips to help you become the next Alfred Eisenstadt, Ansel Adams, or Margaret Bourke-WhiteOr for starters – Iron Warriors Photographer of the Month.

 
1. Always have a camera with you.

The very best camera is the one that you actually have on you — and whose batteries are fully charged!

 
2. Take lots of pictures

The more you photograph, the more you learn – it’s as simple as that. Use every opportunity to capture images, and take the time to study them.  What do you like about a photo?  What story does it tell? How is the lighting?  Is there anything in the frame that shouldn’t be there?  When you look at a photo, think consciously of where your eyes are being drawn, and try and see if your eyes connect with everything in the photo.

 
3. Get down and dirty

Do you take most of your pictures while standing upright, with the image at your eye level?  Start experimenting with angles. Try getting down on your knees or even lying on the ground to get a different perspective.

 
4. Wait for the decisive moment

Take the time to observe what is going on around you.  Watch as the light shifts over a landscape.  Look for interesting landmarks. When photographing people, watch their expressions and activities, and try to predict when something interesting might be about to happen.

 
5. Take Charge of the Frame

Use the viewfinder in your camera, and become familiar with the frame size. This allows you to control what you are capturing before you take a photo, instead of relying on cropping the image later to get rid of a bad sight line.

  Photo by Imani Clovis via Unsplash