One of the biggest difficulties in photography is making your work stand out... making it different from everyone else's work. If is difficult at best, but, with a few tricks, you can do it, and make your work stand out from the pack!
FIVE TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR PHOTOS DIFFERENT…
1. Shoot your subject from various angles. Walk around it. Get down on your knees or up on a bench and shoot from a different perspective. A good trick is to carry a small, collapasable step stool in your vehicle. I have found it VERY handy many times!
2. Play around with your focus. By playing around with depth of field to make neighboring objects appear closer or farther away than they might actually be, we create new relationships between these objects. Similarly, by using selective focus (whereby one part of the photo is in sharp focus while we purposely blur, say, the background), we can create dramatic effects. Also, try shooting with manual focus instead of auto focus!
3. Look for patterns. Nature, as well as man-made structures, is full of repeating lines, curves, circles, etc, if we keep our eyes open to them. Finding these patterns can provide us with ways to take artistically pleasing shots. Spend an afternoon specifically looking for these, and you will really open your eyes, and your photography to new things.
4. Look for patterns interrupted. A fence is more interesting if one of the points is broken: ducks in a row instantly become more compelling if one duck is facing the wrong way. Look for something that is a little out of whack.
5. Tell a story. Put people in your photos. The human element arouses our curiosity about who these people are and what they’re doing, as well as giving the bridge, skyscraper, etc, a scale that we can relate to. Find a way to create compelling images through the use of other elements, such as animals in conjunction with people. The list of things to try is limitless.
Hope that helps someone out! See everyone at the meeting!