Dear readers, this week I want to talk about your eyes. What? My eyes? What is wrong with my eyes? Well I hope nothing, but there is something great about them. They create your photos! Stay tuned!

WEEKLY EDITION | September 2022


Photos are everywhere. You need to see it.


You can have the most expensive camera there is, all the lenses a photographer could desire and have average photos. That’s because the camera doesn’t make your pictures. It starts with you. It starts with seeing.

Framing becomes a second nature

What is a good photo? It’s one where everything comes together. There is balance. It’s tells you enough but never too much. Don’t just take a photo but take a composition. And that is a form of art. You camera is just the tool. Sure, a very important one but in the end it’s just a ‘dumb’ device. You are in charge. It’s you that has to press the button at the right time.

A good picture just gives enough information to get the right balance
(credit: Jan Mateboer)

If you do photography for a longer time (like years) you start to develop what I would call: Automatic framing. That means that it doesn’t matter where you are, you are framing. You always scan for scenes and compositions that catches your eye and could be a potential photo. Even when you don’t have a camera with you. It has become a second nature. And a great picture starts with seeing. To see what others don’t see. And that is a journey. A wonderful journey. And you can train that.

Some tips:

Just keep training!

One thing you should never forget: keep training. As with any hobby or profession training is incredibly important. It’s not something you learn in one week. It takes time. So take pictures whenever you can. Go out every day!

Don’t make it difficult

A great picture can be simple. The light that falls on a leaf or a window with flowers can make a great composition and have atmosphere. Start with things that are close to you. A building, a balcony, your garden, the street, anything can work. Nothing is wrong.

Photos are everywhere. Even in your own garden.
(credit: Jan Mateboer)

Look for structures and patterns

Structures and patterns are everywhere and they can make an interesting subject for your photo. A building with repeating balconies, the pavement on the street or trees in a forest. Always look for them.

Structures are everywhere and can give interesting compositions
(credit: Jan Mateboer)

Learn from others

Don’t make the mistake to think that viewing the work from others is like cheating. It’s not. View the work from others and ask yourself why you think a photo is good or not. Why did the photographer choose the composition he did and why does it work (or not). View websites from photographers, magazines and newspapers. Make a scrapbook of photos and work you love and view them regularly to bee inspired and be motivated!

I know it’s not the right time now but visiting a museum can be a real inspiration. Paintings from the great artists can give valuable lessons on improving your photography! And there is always Google.

Learn from the work from others! (credit: Piet den Hertog, Artfocus)

Photo books

There are hundreds of photographers who made great photo books. Look at markets, second hand shops, garage sales for photo books. I bought some great photo books at book markets for a very small amount of money. And I get excited when take the time to browse through them.

Markets are a great place to find photo books

Of course there is so much more to dive into. I am working on a new eBook where I can cover these subjects in more detail. Stay tuned!

So, I hope you have a great weekend and keep your camera close! Don’t forget to take a look at the great offer from Practical Photography Magazine!



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