Spot the difference

I have been interested in photography for the past 7 years or so and I have been actively taking pictures for the last 4 or 5. I am shooting with digital cameras and I do think I have a good eye for making interesting pictures but I never really took any photography lessons, untill now.

All I can say after this morning is: What a difference 2 lessons can have! Even if my previous pictures were good now I know I could have made them even better. Like I wrote in my previous post, the photography course I’m taking is mostly about light.

Understanding the way a camera uses light when taking a picture is what will make the difference between a good picture and a great one (if the composition is the same obviously).

This video explains camera metering and how it affects the image and is very similar to what we did this morning (our instructor was somehat livelier that the comentator in this video 🙂 ).

I have added here 2 pictures, one taken today and one taken last year, both in the same place. the setting is slightly different and I actually prefer the first (older) image to the new one but it is not a good picture. Today I know what I did wrong and how to fix it. This is a great example for the importance of understanding ligh and the way your camera uses it:

Old pic:
colored fishing nets
colored fishing nets

 New Pic:

Colored fishing nets 2
Colored fishing nets 2

One thought on “Spot the difference

  1. In this case, I vastly prefer the new pic, and I’m not even a bright color kind of person. I will tell you why: contrast creates depth and interest. In the newer one, the differences in the fabric’s textures creates an actual tactile feeling. The striation in the teal fabric also creates depth and adds interest. in the old one, you are left pondering color differences that are slight, as they are all drab, and the textures are the same. basically, it is a heap of fabric. in the new one, you’ve got color not only bursting, but changing as in the teal. You have the feeling of running your fingers over the fabrics, ‘tasting’ the differences. They pop against the slightly blurred back image. Nice shot using multiple senses. Good job.

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