Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Photographer's Eye: Part I

This is Part I of a two-part post. Part II to come later this week.

As a photographer, you see the world differently than a  non-photographer. That's kinda cool.

You look at the world around you, as opposed to someone who just sees the world - which is akin to listening to music as opposed to hearing music. Big difference.

You seek out interesting subjects, as I did when I looking for animals to photograph in the Costa Rican rain forest on a recent workshop that I co-lead with my friend Rob Knight.

Had I not been looking, I would not have spotted the well-camflouged Jesus Christ lizard in the scene below.

Yes, I used a few Photoshop enhancements to make the subject stand out in the photograph - because I wanted you to see this amazing animal.

So you should feel prod of yourself! You see light, forms, colors and shapes - as well as faces - in your own unique way. That's what makes you a photographer. Again, that's kinda cool.

If you would like to join other photographers who enjoy seeing and picturing their world, join one of my workshops. We see and shoot all day long. I can also show you some Photoshop and Lightroom enhancements that will help make your subjects stand out in a scene.

Explore the light,

P.S. If you can't make a workshop, my app, Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet, has many examples of seeing.


Photographs by Craig White (Australia) said...

Very good points Rick!

Ron said...

Great Post. I have been reflecting on how "differently" we see the world. Too Bad I'm so far away. It would be great to spend a day shooting with you!
Like the post, straight forward. Not too wordy!

Ron Clifford

Fabio Bosco said...

Great eye! On the 2nd image, it is really hard to spot the lizard.