What is your favorite camera angle? Is it top down? or is it 45 degree? Do you take photos in vertical frame mostly? or do you use horizontals more?
This post is about getting out of a rut.
Identifying a Pattern
Are you stuck in a pattern? Have you started using a "template"? Do you find your photos to be of a certain format? Have you started using a formula to take your photos?
If so, are you still an artist?
Each photographer has one or more styles, which can be understood by looking at their portfolio. A style is different than a pattern. In this context, pattern is associated with composition.
Photography is an art and cannot be mastered by using formula, template or set of instructions.
How to Break the Pattern
So if you are stuck in a rut, what do you do? How to break out of it? Here’s how.
You get into a pattern when you stop pushing yourself and exploring your subject. For your next photo try this:
When you start taking a food photo don’t stop after you think you are done. Take few more photos by changing the scene.
If you think you have taken lot of photos, turn the dish by 30 degrees or so and take some more photos. Did you try changing the camera angle? If you have been taking photos from sideways, did you try top view? Did you do the compositional dance?
Few things that you can change to break the pattern:
Placement of the dish in the frame
Proximity of main dish with the props and supporting elements.
If you have done all that, then turn the dish a little bit. And then some more. And further more.
As you do each one of the above, explore the scene with various camera angles.
Start doing the dance and becoming aware of your patterns. Get out of this compositional rut.
Within the Frame by David duChemin
For today’s assignment, analyze your past few photos. Look at them, do you place your subjects in a certain place in the frame? Is the light always coming from a certain angle? Do you always use white plates? Is there a certain background that you always use?
Identify your pattern and then break it by taking your today’s photos in a different way that you usually do.
Tell Us About Your Pattern
Have you observed a pattern in your photography? What elements do you tend to use most in your photos? For me its usually lighting. I tend to keep the light on my right side and it has to do with the set up in my studio. What did you observe in your photography?
Photo by Domiriel