At Every Moment We Choose

In photography, as in life in general, we make decisions all the time. Obviously those decisions will affect and influence the consequences. Therefore rather than taken unconscious decisions that then will alter the final image in an unpredictable and most probably undesired way, with an adequate state of mind at that moment we are going to be able to consciously make wise choices.

 

The difficulty can often come from how we approach the subject. Most frequently we try to include all the possible information about the subject in the frame so the viewer can have a better understanding of the object they are looking at. For example we tend to include the whole body of the subject, the whole surroundings to have a precise idea where it is located, the source of light that illuminates it, the objects nearby or even far away that could very rarely interact with our subject, etc. Taking this position will not help us to convey the message we want to transmit effectively but may lose the viewer’s interest because of the many visual distractions.

 

To acquire the skills needed to create compelling images we should be mindful of our process so that one can purposefully concentrate the attention on one’s chosen subject. To do so, we need to develop the habit of excluding what is unimportant at every moment. Allow the subjectivity of our decisions to flow in order that they can be reflected in our photographs. Practicing this exercise of exclusion rather than inclusion will eventually reveal the nature of our creativity.

Rock appearing to be floating on a white background, Rock Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, England. UK

Rock appearing to be floating on a white background, Rock Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, England. UK

Ranunculus Repens, the creeping buttercup, is a flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to Europe, Asia and northwestern Africa.Yellow flower after the morning rain. Rock Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, England. UK

Ranunculus Repens, the creeping buttercup, is a flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to Europe, Asia and northwestern Africa. Yellow flower after the morning rain. Rock Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, England. UK

Abstract waterfall. Err Forest, Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

Abstract waterfall. Err Forest, Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

Rocks appearing to be floating on the background made, some reflections on the water of the rocks and the treetops on the superior part of the image are appreciable, Rock Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, England. UK

Rocks appearing to be floating on a white background, some reflections on the water of the rocks and the treetops on the superior part of the image are appreciable, Rock Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, England. UK

Water Lilies floating against a colorfoul water background of autumn reflections, Rock Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, England. UK

Water Lilies floating against a colorfoul water background with autumn coulors reflections, Rock Garden, Preston Park, Brighton, England. UK

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Miguel is a freelance photographer and educator based in Brighton, who has travelled taking pictures all round the world. With more than 20 years of experience in photography he has the skills and passion about this craft to share the knowledge, advice and help you need. He teaches beginners, amateurs and professionals. Working at your own level and pace you will benefit from a personalised tuition either in a small group tour or in a one-to-one session. From getting to know how to control your camera’s settings to improving your compositions or to get a new and inspiring approach to your work he will help you to communicate visually in an efficient and enjoyable way through a creative and practical system.

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