…a photograph is a 3 second piece of communicative artwork — You have just a few seconds to capture the attention of a viewer and speak to them. While a busy photograph can be pulled off, by keeping a picture simple you eliminate all the confusion and static that a viewer would otherwise have to sort through. So you You basically have three seconds to grab the viewer’s attention, hold it, and say what you want to say.
The one of the easiest ways to do this is by keeping your image simple
ways to keep it simple –
A. COMPOSITION Design and composition are long tried and true ways that the human brain visually reads a situation. This is a whole other post in itself, but here are some links that talk more about this for now…
B . COLOR. Sometimes a photograph reads faster in black and white. Sometimes in color. I love a BW photo as much as anyone and same for a gorgeous color. But when you’re messing around, pay attention to what happens to the photo when you turn it BW versus a color conversion.
This one works better in color in my opinion but you can decide for yourselves –
it’s nice in BW too, but it just reads faster in color.
a. this one’s better in BW to me
b. the color version – so much color baggage and caca
last example —
you tell me – bw or color (looking for the one that reads the fastest)…
C. MOVE IN OR MOVE OUT. Sometimes a picture is more powerful when you’ve come in really tight and sometimes, the expanse of negative space around your subject can add more power to the image.
move in –
or move out —
D.WATCH THE CRAP. Sorry but ‘crap’ is the only word that comes to mind to effectively describe the visual clutter that ends up in the background and sometimes foreground of our shots. Edit it out through your composition of your shot. Do this well enough and you won’t have much editing to do in Photoshop after the fact.
shot 1….clutter in the background (not bad – mostly bokeh’d out, but the picture could be better and more succinct)
picture b … less clutter through composition…
ASSIGNMENT: Take a photo. Then find a way to make it simpler. Post both photos. Go ahead and do this lots of times and post lots of examples.
go for it!
PS – a hint about our guest poster for March 12…
she lived in Italy for a year and a half.