Thursday, June 26, 2014

What should I Photograph?

gourds photo by mbgphoto
I am always looking for different things to photograph.  In this photo I found a bin of gourds at a farmers market and thought they looked interesting.  I tried to get in close to get the details in the gourds.
cute dog photo by mbgphoto

Pets are always fun to photograph.  Try to look in to their eyes in the photograph.  I know that is easier said than done many times.

In this photo, I got my brothers dog, Jessie to sit still and look at me as I took her photo.

Wild animals are fun to photograph too.  I often sit by my sliding doors with a longer lens camera and take photos of birds, squirrels and rabbits in my backyard.

Have you ever been stuck for an idea of something to photograph?  A good way to get out of this kind of funk is to view the photography of other people.  On this page Pat Goltz gives you some really different ideas of things to photograph Think Photography .  I love the way she looks at subjects.  She comes up with some amazing photographs. In this article she shows you weird items to photograph and ways to use filters on ordinary objects to make them look different.  Stop by and read Pat's lens for some real motivation.

When you photograph nature try to find ways to make your photograph different.  Look for a flower after the rain or perhaps some leaves catching the falling snow.  Here are two photographs where I captured nature with the elements.

orange hibiscus flower photo by mbgphotophoto by mbgphoto

Shadows can make an ordinary item look unique in a photograph.  Notice the long shadows of the old plow in the snow.
wheel plow in the snow photo by mbgphoto

There are an endless number of things to photograph in this world.  Just look around you, use your imagination and your creativity.  If you are stuck on what you should photograph next, take a look at this lens by danthemans Photography Ideas.  On this page he gives you lots of ideas to spark your imagination and motivate you.

No matter what type of camera you use whether a camera phone, point and shoot or DSLR it is the ideas that you have that make the photo.  Take the time to look at the world around you through the lens of a camera.  It will give you a greater appreciation for this amazing world.

Happy Photographing!

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  1. Yes, Mary Beth, it isn't the camera that takes good photographs, it is the photographer. Thank you for the great tips!

  2. I have to say that sometimes the view of the world through my cell phone camera lens is often more beautiful than that which I see around me with the naked eye. Truly, it seems I look more closely through the camera and always find beauty.

  3. Wow, some great effects from your photos. It always amazes me how the lens of a camera can focus on something we don't see otherwise.

  4. As always, your photos are beautiful! I loved the photo of your brothers dog. It is really hard to get them to be still long enough to snap a good photo. I do love taking my camera everywhere I go. I never know what I will see that will make an interesting photograph.

  5. I think gourds are endlessly interesting as photography subjects. You could probably make at least 100 beautiful images from one gourd because you have such a good inner eye. Right now all the blooming wildflowers are calling to me.


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