I think the best photos are the ones to photograph of everyday life.
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Don’t get suckered by the exotic
The mistake: we think we can only make good photos while we’re traveling or abroad.
In reality: the best photos are the photos of our everyday life.
I think a lot of us see photography as escapism. We are dissatisfied with our everyday lives, and we hope that we can travel with our camera, and see the world, and find some everlasting joy.
But — what if, we could use a camera as a tool to appreciate our everyday lives?
What if we realized that our life (that we currently have) is already the best life possible?
If you make photos of your everyday life, you are telling yourself:
I already have the best life possible, and I am going to photograph my everyday life– the small things which bring me joy in life.
What to photograph?
Photograph your daily schedule. Photograph your selfie.
You wake up, photograph yourself in the mirror. Photograph your morning coffee and breakfast. Photograph your commute — either if you’re stuck in a car, or when you’re in public transportation.
Find joy in photographing your loved ones, your food, or the objects in your home.
The secret of everyday photography:
Treat the ordinary as extraordinary.
Finding beauty in the mundane
I have been doing this:
Finding ordinary scenes or objects, and shooting extraordinary compositions of it.
- Dutch angle (tilting your horizon in your camera, making dramatic diagonal angles)
- Using a flash (flash transform the ordinary into looking different — and surreal)
- Simplify whatever you are photographing — make the edges of your frame clean and simple.
Find beauty in the ordinary, everyday
Everyday photography is the best form of photography — I think this is why I like street photography. You just photograph ordinary everyday life — you photograph ordinary strangers, but you try to turn the ordinary into the beautiful.
Realize, whatever you photograph — you are saying:
This is beautiful.
Therefore, your camera is a tool of acknowledging beauty in people, objects, or scenes.
As a photographer, you are a highlighter of beauty in everyday life.
JUST SHOOT IT.
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