In part one of “Viewing the World with a Photographer’s Eye,” photographer Ming Thein talked about the basics of what makes a good photograph. In today’s part two, he takes a look at the little things you can do to make your images stronger — shot discipline, selection — as well as common mistakes and things to practice for the future.
There’s the small matter of shot discipline to think about. If you’ve ever wondered why some people’s images look crisper and punchier, it’s probably because they’re taken care the whole way through the image-making process. Shot discipline covers everything from eliminating camera shake to choosing the optimum apertures, processing RAW files and saving uncompressed versions. It also extends outside the technical disciplines to editing, and this isn’t the same as post processing (or what’s commonly thought of as “Photoshop”).
In the first of two posts, Ming Thein, a prolific photographer on WordPress.com, offers a big picture view of photography and talks about viewing the world with a visual eye. He introduces his four fundamentals of photography — from composition to light — and the elements of a great photograph.
Simply put, Ming pushes you to think about photography . . . like a photographer.
Pouring water on Buddha statues at Shwedagon in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo courtesy of Aaron Joel Santos.
This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Aaron Joel Santos.
Culture. Culture is a bit of a loaded word. In a photograph, it can embody everything and nothing. So where do we draw the line? Shopping culture, hippy culture, Asian culture, Thai culture, ancient culture, and on and on. These phrases have different meanings. For me, as a working travel photographer, being able to show culture, in all of its various guises, is crucial to the success of an image.
Photo courtesy of Christopher Martin
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Photo courtesy of Jared Bramblett
This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Jared Bramblett. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!
Photo courtesy of Quintin Lake
This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Quintin Lake of Quintin Lake Architectural Photography. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!