Today, a rant. I see a lot of photographers when they first start getting into photography taking what may, on the face of it, seem like “nice looking images.”
To me, I look at this and think, what is this a photo of? Sure it is an abstract of some lamps. Nice exposure, some experimentation with depth of field, nice composition, and there are some nice warm tones in the image. But what does it do for you emotionally? NOTHING!!!
I have no love for photos like this. When noobs get into photography, they try to take photos of abstract objects, for a photo of that object’s sake, but they fail to look for the value in the photo. Occasionally some weird artsy café might try and resell those photos for a few hundred $s. And sometimes they are bought by someone with more money than sense because a photo of a rusty padlock might look good on the wall somewhere….or so that dafty thinks.
Why am I so insightful on this? Because this is my photo. I took it years ago when I thought I was an amazing, yet to be discovered photographer who could take photos of random, abstract objects for the sake of it and people would be wowed and pay me lots of money for it. I thought I was amazing with a new DSLR. I was wrong. So very wrong. It took me a while to get over it and realise that would never happen if I kept going the way I was.
Now, I focus on taking photos that I believe will create emotion, that people will enjoy. That to me is my attempt at art.
Go for the motive value in your photos! Ask yourself “How will someone feel when they look at my picture?” Then decide on if you want to bother taking it.