“The greatest tool and the source of individuality for any photographer is the way they see the world.” Kat Sloma
For quite a while I have been trying to slow down and take more time when I am taking photos. The tripod helps me slow down, but I don’t always have to use it. Sometimes I just think I have to snap the photo and move on…and I really don’t know for sure where that came from. It’s a habit that goes way back. But it is time to do something about it.
To help us learn to really look at a subject we want to photograph, Kat suggests we draw it first. Yup. Pencils, pens, paper. Nothing fancy, no expensive materials. Just take the time to sketch what you are wanting to get an image of.
This is my new creative breakthrough. And not an itty bitty one (Susan knows what I’m talking about). This one has my attention.
This little piece of pottery is a favorite of mine, and I have taken photos of it before. Most of them look much like this one. I keep it on a shelf with other special things and some of my art work. It feels good when you hold it…don’t know how else to say it. I took this photo today before trying to draw it on paper. And you should know that I used my favorite lens, the 50mm, which allows for low light images, but you can only get so close.
Then I got out my paper and pencil, sat down, and began to draw.
I noticed the circles, the shape of the sides, so that is what I put on that first drawing.
Then I drew another picture of it, looking at it again. This time I saw that the top edge had and elliptical shape, and I saw the light and shadows.
I drew a third image, from a different angle. You know, I had never noticed until today that there are little bubbles in the finish, little imperfections. And I knew there was color in it, but never really saw how many different colors until now.
All of those tiny imperfections, colors, textures, and the shape come together to make this piece a true work of art.
What kind of image would bring out the best? How would I do it differently?
First, I changed to my 18-55mm lens so I could actually zoom in closer. Then I blocked out the light from the window so that there would only be one light source, one shadow.
Now you can see what I saw…this simple yet lovely work of art, filled with small bits of color and tiny imperfections, made more beautiful by the play of the light and shadows, brought to a place that honors the creation that it is.
I totally enjoyed this assignment. Thank you, Kat!