Photography is fun when you treat it like visual experimentation!
Working the scene
When you see an interesting scene, ‘work the scene’ by photographing the scene from different angles, perspectives, and experiment with different framing.
For example I saw these pipes, and took a series of pictures. These are three photos I was considering:
Now the question is this:
“Which is the best?”
Now, you cannot ascertain for certain which photo is the ‘best’. The better question is:
Which photo do I prefer the most?
Visualize the shapes
The first thing you can do is visualize the shapes. I shot these pictures on a phone, and processed them afterwards with the VSCO ‘distortia’ preset– which better helps us see the lines. This is one comparison:
Ultimately I preferred the diagonal composition– because I found the composition to be more dynamic, with more interesting angles.
Keep your pictures simple. If you want to do a nice composition, don’t show any other superfluous elements in the background. Just focus on the simple shapes.
Add negative space between your subjects:
You can better see the human separation with the VSCO distoria preset applied:
Now with my own overlays:
Treat yourself like a visual scientist. You make pictures for fun, as visual experimentation.
Use weird presets, experiment with novel compositions, and just ‘f*ck around’ with your camera! The more you experiment, the more likely you are to discover some interesting innovations and ideas in your photography.
Never stop experimenting,