What do you want the viewer to know, think or feel?

 

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Looking and seeing is a similar idea to hearing and listening. These are not new ideas they have around for decades. Looking and seeing will have different definitions depending on who you read. There seems to be as many definitions as there are photographers.

For me, I look with my camera and see with my printing. (That does not include what appears on the web which is always low quality and open to huge variation depending on whose monitor you use). A print is the real deal you can hold it in your hand, it’s not made up of 1’s,0’s, profiles and guesses as on a monitor.

You won’t want to miss this – The one day ABC of CameraWork Course I offer (more details here) is all about the process of looking, raising the camera to the eye and taking a picture. What happens in that brief period of looking to either capture an amazing shot or a dud?

Looking is all about essential attraction and emotional connectivity between you and the subject, you and the viewer and the subject and the viewer.

Your job as a photographer is to make a significant connection between the subject and the viewer. You cannot communicate that connection if you do not have it in the first place.

If you ask me about how to make a significant connection my first question will be: why did take the shot, what do you want the viewer to know, think or feel?

(c) Andy Beel FRPS

http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 responses to What do you want the viewer to know, think or feel?

    • andybeel says:

      Hi Paula if you are bear of very little brain like me you have to keep it simple! Simplifying to the essence is probably harder than complexity. Andy

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  1. andybeel says:

    Hi Andy that sentence is not an Andy Beel original but it works well to demonstrate the point. Where it came from I can’t remember. Andy

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