Mentoring from Italia

This is meant to encourage, more than anything else…
In case you’re wondering why your pictures don’t look like mine or someone else’s, often times there is a process that I have gone through to get them to look the way that they do. Very rarely do they come out of camera how I envision them.
For example, the attached image:
1) first one is how it came out of the camera. didn’t have a zoom lens on so I couldn’t shoot tighter on her. Gotta take what you can get sometimes.
2) Cropped to get the distracting stuff out. Jonathan would say during critique ” if you were painting this picture, would you have painted that annoying branch in the scene” or something to that effect. Know what’s important; can’t always have a perfect scene and ideally it should be done “in camera” not afterwards, but I’m not going to throw away a good image just because I didn’t get it perfect “in camera” if I can fix it after. Finally, experiment with the crop (if you are indeed cropping). It gives the image different “feels”. If there were less walkway behind her it would feel totally different and perhaps tell a different story, for example.
3)Adjusted for color and selectively darkened parts of the image. Since this is street photography you can’t selectively light the interesting parts when you are shooting so I have to do it in post. Your eye is drawn to the lightest part of the image so I try to subtly darken the parts that aren’t the subject, ideally leading the eye to the subject.
4) Decided to make it black & white. In my mind, this boils an image down to its essence. Now it must stand on the subject matter alone and not pretty colors. This one does, I think. The puddle picture needs the colors, they are part of the strong attraction.
I would prefer not to have the guy in the white shirt to her left; however if I cropped him out it would have made her feel “crowded” on the left side of the image, plus not given her anywhere to go  to (walking forward). So I’m stuck with him unless I want to photoshop him out.
Anyway, hope this gives you an insight into what I’m thinking so that YOU can apply it to your photography :).

This is meant to encourage, more than anything else…

In case you’re wondering why your pictures don’t look like mine or someone else’s, often times there is a process that I have gone through to get them to look the way that they do. Very rarely do they come out of camera how I envision them.

For example, the attached image:

1) first one is how it came out of the camera. didn’t have a zoom lens on so I couldn’t shoot tighter on her. Gotta take what you can get sometimes.

2) Cropped to get the distracting stuff out. Jonathan would say during critique ” if you were painting this picture, would you have painted that annoying branch in the scene” or something to that effect. Know what’s important; can’t always have a perfect scene and ideally it should be done “in camera” not afterwards, but I’m not going to throw away a good image just because I didn’t get it perfect “in camera” if I can fix it after. Finally, experiment with the crop (if you are indeed cropping). It gives the image different “feels”. If there were less walkway behind her it would feel totally different and perhaps tell a different story, for example.

3)Adjusted for color and selectively darkened parts of the image. Since this is street photography you can’t selectively light the interesting parts when you are shooting so I have to do it in post. Your eye is drawn to the lightest part of the image so I try to subtly darken the parts that aren’t the subject, ideally leading the eye to the subject.

4) Decided to make it black & white. In my mind, this boils an image down to its essence. Now it must stand on the subject matter alone and not pretty colors. This one does, I think. The puddle picture needs the colors, they are part of the strong attraction.

I would prefer not to have the guy in the white shirt to her left; however if I cropped him out it would have made her feel “crowded” on the left side of the image, plus not given her anywhere to go  to (walking forward). So I’m stuck with him unless I want to photoshop him out.

Anyway, hope this gives you an insight into what I’m thinking so that YOU can apply it to your photography :).

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