If you want to take great photos, you need to learn the language of photography. While you speak this language with your tools, you should also learn how to read photography.
In this post, we discuss how to read food photos and improve your photography.
So what do we mean by "reading" a photograph anyway? Reading a photo is studying the photograph by observing and trying to find out how a photo was created and the thought process behind a it.
When you read a photograph, you start to understand the photo and you start connecting with the photographer and her process. Reading a photograph will give you an insight to information like how was this photo taken? where was the camera? How was the light?
As photographers we take lot of photos. If you are getting started (or even have been working) with photography, you need to start observing and noticing photographs from other artists to learn from these photographs.
So how do you start reading photographs? There are several things that you can learn about a photograph just by observing it thoughtfully. Here are few such questions to ask yourself when you are trying to read a photo:
Subject – What is the main subject of this photo? How is it placed with reference to the frame? What if that was changed?
Camera – Where is the camera? What is the camera angle?
Lighting – Where is the light coming from? Where are shadows in the photo?
These are just three main areas that would give you a good start. If you are doing this for the first time, don’t complicate this exercise and keep it simple.
Once you are comfortable with these three areas, you can learn more about this subject by reading more about how to read a photograph.
How to Read a Photograph – There is a whole book on this subject… in case you would like to learn much more about reading photos.
Below we have two photos. Observe these photos and try to answer the questions above.
In the comments section below, share your answers with other readers.
Tell us what is the main subject? What if the elements in the photo were placed differently? Where was the camera? What do you think the camera angle was? Where was the light source?
What do you think? Share your findings in the comments below.
Reading a Newspaper photo by Dustin Diaz