A great way to improve your photography is to take a series of images of something that has caught your eye, instead of just taking a single image and moving on. It helps you with the process of looking for images, and with getting the best from a subject.
Let’s take this stack of chrome and laminate chairs as an example. I’ve turned the images into black & white to simplify them:
I’d seen that they made an interesting asymmetric pattern, so after taking the first image I moved round them looking for other patterns and found a more symmetrical one.
I really liked the way the strongly directional light caught the chrome tubing on the right-hand side of the composition, whilst leaving the left-hand side more in shadow.
In this third image I’ve used the strong diagonal lines as my main compositional element. The lower left of the image has some lines coming in from the other direction, and there’s a vertical line about one third of the way across from the right, both of which help balance the composition.
In this last image I’ve used the shadows from some of the chairs that had been set out in the sun.
The chairs themselves are absent, but it’s their effect on other things, and the shapes the shadows form, that gives us a point of interest.
All I did was notice a stack of chairs…
These images were taken in Canterbury Cathedral, and I did get a few strange looks from other visitors while I was photographing the chairs. Clearly they were wondering why I wasn’t taking the standard “tourist shot” down the aisle. Looking for a different type of image, of something that most other people don’t even see, is part of our development as photographers. If you want the “tourist shot” you should buy a postcard!
If you want to improve your photography, and start looking for images like these, you can join one of our training courses. Have a look at the Training & Treks page of our website at www.lifestylephotos.co.uk