Can you make anything, interesting? Something from nothing?

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  1. Dominantly

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    Let me start off by saying that I am constantly looking at things and wondering how I would take a photo that would best show it off, or make it interesting.
    To me, that really makes a professional worth their salt. A professional in a studio can buy the worlds best beauty lighting, a fancy set, assistants, etc; to help get great shots. But I think the person that can get out there and turn that newspaper dispenser on the side of the street into something interesting, screams talent.

    -Do you guys ever walk around and look at things you see in your everyday life and wonder how you could make it into something people would be intrigued by viewing? (Examples: street signs, sprinkler heads, plants, park benches, fountains, fire hydrants, foot prints in sand, rocks, tree stump, grass, a bare empty room with white walls, etc)

    -Do you ever take any shots of this type of stuff?
    -What do you think are some tricks to creating visual appeal?

    Post up some examples :mrgreen:
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Walk around and think white balance :( it is SCARY

    used to,

    LONG exposures, rotating camera/lens during open shutter, etc
     
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    Thanks.

    "rotating camera/lens during open shutter, etc"
    Does this cause streaking? Do you have any personal examples?
    I may try this later.:thumbup:
     
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    google zooming for "rotating camera" it is very similar.

    and yes there are lots of us who find day to day "boring" items interesting.
     
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    If you push it far enough you can make many things interesting ... sometimes it takes going in super close, sometimes it takes distortion or odd zooming or off-focus, sometimes it takes some amount of post-processing.

    That being said, your average telephone pole taken from some distance doesn't really make a good photo... the point is that not everything seen the way our eyes normally see it makes a good photo. I once thought a good photographer could find beauty in anything. It's likely true, but sometimes the extremes we need to go to in order to find it requires us to lose sight of what the object really is.

    Just my opinion, of course.
     
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    Be carefull in your quest to make something interesting that you don't end up using methods which become the subject rather than the object that you are photographing.

    In other words something really boring like a telephone pole - you can use a lot of funky methods to shoot it, but at some point you will pass a line where the shot is no longer about the pole but about the method that your using. At that point I would say that the photographer has failed to make the subject itself interesting to the viewer and has instead created something else.
     
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    But does this make it a bad photograph? Maybe I don't totally understand what you're getting at..
     
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    I'm not saying it would make a bad photograph in any way - infact it could make a fantastic photo. But my warning was that if one intends to make something (like a telephone pole) interesting then the methods they use should compliment that aim - of making the pole itself interesting or presenting it in an interesting manner - rather than using methods which would end up with the processing/method becoming the focus of the shot rather than the telephone pole
     
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    Maybe we can do a little workshop. Pick a theme and post results for c&c.

    What about soap...? Bar or liquid.
     

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