I find there is always a photo hidden in there somewhere.

posted on 23rd of july, 2010

Often an image is hiding in the overall scene somewhere - details that I miss and pass by without noticing.

So what I do, generally, to find these hidden gems, is to look for contrast between elements, find strong graphic shapes, repetitive patterns, and prominent; often primary colours.

I don't stop at the first image, but continue shooting, at the same time refining the image by changing camera angle slightly, getting closer or change lenses to eliminate the distractions between subject & object.

Whatever the camera being used here are 3 ways of working a scene.

•Good timing - when sunlight direction and shadow detail often make the shot. Shadow detail often can enhance the graphic effect of the architectural design of a shot, an example would be shadows thrown against a wall by repetitive columns - check the suns angle for time of day and take your shot when suitable.

•Contrasting Patterns - often what you emit from your composition is as important as what you include. Nature has some pretty graphic patterns which can be enhanced with bold colour differences.

•Picture within a Picture - wide angle shows it all and with a great perspective or point of view. A telephoto will allow one to get up close and often see the graphic patterns of the scene or within an object. An example would be a hillside town nestled in the mountainside, great view. get up close with a telephoto and find the graphic patterns of the rooftops.

Here is a macro shot.

Comments (7)

Posted by Thanatonautii on July 25, 2010
Great article and great photos! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Weibullj on July 25, 2010
Thanks for sharing these tips, I'm just getting started and these help a lot.
Posted by Mythja on July 23, 2010
very interesting. thanks
Posted by Egomezta on July 23, 2010
Nice images, thanks for sharing.
Posted by Chinchoi on July 23, 2010
good pointer.TQ.
Posted by Mariaam on July 23, 2010
Hi Mike! Thanks for sharing! Very interesting!
Posted by Mani33 on July 23, 2010
Thanks for sharing!

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Photo credits: Mike Ehrman.

About me

I used to shoot commercially. Thankfully the bug has never left, I always look for the image in any given scene, enjoying the visual and mental exercise. At present I enjoy shooting small table top set-ups of all kinds using focus and light; outdoor - nature, landscapes and seascapes; food and cooking; and people, where they work, what they do. And then I aim to just have more fun out there!

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