This article is about photography tips, and more specifically, my number one tip for taking great photos. I could suggest things like:
- Rest your hands on something to minimize blur.
- Use the Burst mode to capture a sequence.
- Use the Rule of Thirds to compose your shot.
All great tips and principles, but have another the single most important photography tip you will ever learn. Do I have your attention now? Lean in really close. It’s a biggie…
No matter what you take a picture of, if it evokes an emotional response, then it is art.
Simple, huh? We all take photos. Some of us take many, many photos (blush!). However, as much as these photos show us an event and remind us of earlier times, it is the photos that evoke a response in us that are the most important. We have all seen photos of war, but the photo that moved us was the one of the man dancing in the street after the end was announced. It was the connection we felt with his relief, joy, and exuberance that touched us.
As digital scrapbookers, we all have photos of our kids and loved ones doing both the extraordinary and the everyday, but the ones we love most are the ones where we capture a look or a hug, and these are the best photos of all. Just as scent memories can trigger an emotional response that goes to our very souls, so too, can a photo.
There are no rights and wrongs when you are capturing a feeling.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
No matter what you take a photograph of, if it evokes an emotional response then it is art. And utterly brilliant.
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