Seeing is obviously an important part of a photographer’s skill set, but still it is underestimated, and often not trained. You need to consciously train your sight; the more you train, the easier it will be for you to take successful photos.
If you observe your surroundings you’ll discover how light falls at certain times of the day and during certain seasons. You’ll take notice of how that light can be manipulated.
You’ll see how light bounces, gets absorbed, and reflects creating specular highlights. You’ll pick up on how the angle in which you shoot can compliment your subject — like a layered subject looks more appealing when it is shot from the front so you can see the layers.
When you’re sitting on a terrace and observe your surroundings you’ll notice that a drink has more visual interest when the light is coming from behind, rather than in front.
You might discover when cutting cookie shapes from rolled out dough that the shapes on the surface with missing dough are just as appealing, if not more appealing, for telling a story of baking cookies as the cookies themselves.
I train this everyday, sometimes when preparing our meals, sitting in the tram, or on my walks — I take mental notes of what I see. This helps me in planning, styling, and troubleshooting my shoots.
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