I tend to take a lot of photos, especially when I’m traveling somewhere new, hiking, maybe even camping. I like taking pictures of nature to remind myself how gorgeous this world is. I like to focus on lighting, shadows, and perspective mostly to really emphasize a picture. After reading Becoming a Better Photographer, I realized I never really focused on capturing a feeling or emotion. When I did, it wasn’t candid. Group photos, everyone got together and was told to “smile!” or maybe the “do something silly,” photo, but that doesn’t really capture a genuine emotion. I think paying attention to a moment might really help me in bettering my photography skills. Instead of posing with smiles, wait for a moment of genuine happiness.
So I tried finding a moment of a genuine emotion and got the following:
By no means do I think this is my best work. I’ve taken much better pictures with better lighting, shadows and camera quality. However, I do think this is one of the few I have a someone caught in an emotion. It was actually pretty hard to capture. Usually I go with the intent of taking photos, but for this I always forgot to pay attention to the moments around me. I had to really remind myself every once in awhile to be on the lookout. From that, I got a moment of pure focus.