Lesson 9: Learning to See Creatively

Now that we've gone through some of the most important nuts and bolts in photography, this lesson is the first in a series of lessons on how to develop your creative vision.

Did you know that seeing creatively is a talent you can learn? It's totally possible for everyone! God made each person a special, unique individual - that means that no one sees the world exactly like you do! By following the principles outlined in this lesson and the lessons to come, you will learn the tools to translate the beauty you see in the world into beautiful pictures for others to see and enjoy.

If you use your camera well, others will be able to truly see the world through your eyes.

That is communicating with your audience.

What is your goal?

Do you want your viewers to get excited about the outdoors or eager to get a print of that photo for their house? Are you trying to get people to see the beauty in the little moments throughout our daily lives? I'll ask you again, what is your goal?
Do your photos look like snapshots? Like they were shot on the edge of a crowd? No excitement? Do you apologize - do you say it looked so much more amazing in person? Often our photos don’t show what we experienced. This is why we have to learn to communicate with other people through our pictures.
The question is, “What are you trying to say with this picture? What are you trying to communicate?"
Keep the image simple.
That means, don’t include too many unrelated elements in the image.

Simplicity is the Key – See how little you can include while still creating masterpieces.
Know what you're trying to show and then show it well!

Enough about that... 

Let's talk about Perspectives

Try all different angles. If you regularly take pictures of flowers by looking down at them from above, try lying down and actually looking up at them. The least used angle is shooting up at something. Try shooting up at your two-year-old boy or at least see how the world looks from down on their level. Follow him around when he's outside exploring. Get down on your knees or stomach. Change your perspective. 

I had this idea for a cute photo, but shooting from above made for a boring shot.

So, I changed my perspective and got a much more interesting photo as the result.

Experiment! Don't just stop after your first try.

What if ants are crawling across your picnic blanket to devour your peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Now is a good time to practice humility. Lie down on the ground. Get down and see what they do.

Feet are a great subject. Have you considered taking pictures of a building being newly constructed in the spring? Why not make your picture more interesting by changing your perspective and looking at the same scene with construction worker's muddy boots and lower legs framing your shot?

As adults, we often see each other on the same level, so, while this is a nice, solid photo, it isn't as unique as the following one. It's good to get both! You'll need different ones for different occasions. Which photo would you choose?

When you spot a fun picture idea, play around with the possibilities. 

Your perspective matters!

Keep snapping!

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."

~ 1 John 3:1