If you like taking pictures, then you’d probably prefer taking pictures that people like to look at as well. Sometimes we get lucky and capture a great shot, but often it takes a little bit of thought or planning to get it just right.
Remember, don’t just take pictures – make them!
One thing you, as a photographer, should be aware of, is visual mass – ie. what’s “drawing the eye”.
According to David duChemin, these are his eight points (and in that order) of what has most visual mass:
- The human figure before anything else.
- Objects that are large before objects that are small.
- Objects that are bright before objects that are dark.
- Elements that are sharp and in focus before elements that are out of focus.
- Elements that are recognizable before those that are less recognizable.
- Elements that are presented obliquely or in perspective.
- Elements that are warm before elements that are cold.
- Elements of emotional significance over those with none.
Now, there’s much more to it than just the eight points above. There are also some but’s that you need to be aware of and to learn more as to why, how, when and much more, I recommend taking a look at this eBook which I recently bought myself, Drawing the Eye – creating stronger images through visual mass by David duChemin. It’s just $5 and it’s well worth it, considering how much money you probably paid for your camera equipment, these five bucks will really open your eyes (so to speak).
Since I already knew about David duChemin from before buying the eBook above, after having read and enjoyed his paper book, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, as well as following him on Facebook, I also went ahead and bought a few other eBooks from his website, which I haven’t finished yet:
- Close To Home Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Backyard by Stuart Sipahigil.
- The Vision-Driven Photographer – Notes on Discovering & Refining Your Vision by David duChemin.
- TEN – Ten Ways To Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involves Buying Gear by David duChemin.
Once I’ve finished the books above I’m probably going to buy a few more of his books. I love the way he writes and he’s much more focused on vision than what kind of camera equipment to use – which, to many people, is really what matters the most. Personally, I like gear since I’m a “gadget freak”, but gear alone doesn’t make great photographs and that’s really what I would like to learn more about: making great photographs!
Most of the eBooks are available as iPad apps as well, directly from Apple’s App Store. I went with the PDF versions though, so I can read them on other devices than just the iPad. On the iPad, I’ve imported them into the iBooks app but you can use pretty much whatever PDF compatible app you want or simply read them on your computer.
Now you have plenty of good quality reading material for your photography cravings this Holiday… enjoy 🙂