How To Develop Your Photographer’s Eye | Part 1

Do you see other people’s photos and wonder how you can create something similar? Do you wonder what they are doing to create beautiful images that draw your eye in?

Photography is personal. Through our lenses we record our lives for ourselves and for those we love. Developing your photographer’s eye helps you to see beauty in the everyday detail of your life.

In a three part series, we’ll explore how to develop your photographer’s eye.

Great photos begin with a story. Do you know what that includes?

TELL A VISUAL STORY

  • Choose a strong subject
  • Let the viewer know the story
  • Eliminate the extra

Bring the three visual story elements together for stronger, more interesting photos.

CHOOSE A STRONG SUBJECT

What is your subject? Isolate it. Let it be known that THIS is what you are shooting. Make it obvious to someone who was not there when the moment occurred.

Notice the background. Does changing your angle, eliminate background clutter?

LET THE VIEWER KNOW THE STORY

Do the elements in your frame tell the viewer what the moment was about? Does it create emotion in you and the viewer?

Think about action. Think about light. Think about the moment and where the action is occurring. Focus there.

ELIMINATE THE EXTRAS

Every single element in your image has a purpose. Do you know why you’ve left it there? Did you look around the image before you pressed the shutter?

Know why you are including it in the frame to tell a stronger visual story. Not everything needs to be there.

In Photographically Speaking, David duChemin says, “when you include it in the frame — whatever it is — you are saying it matters.”

ASSIGNMENT

Now go out and shoot with intention. Think of the three pieces of a visual story and create. The more you practice looking around your frame before you push the button, the faster and easier it will become!