Casey Spanitz

Thinking about Photos

After reading Tips for Better Photography it really did open my eyes up on how to take pictures differently. The sub headings for the tips caught my eye and really related to what I would like to start doing as I take pictures. Below I will list the top ones I am going to focus on more. I will definitely be bookmarking this page to look back to for help and inspiration!

Get Pickier:

  • Spend more time on pre composing
  • Think about what it is I want to capture before I snap the picture

Better Contrast Makes Better Stories:

  • Look for things that don’t belong together
  • Look for near and far perspective

Change my Perspective:

  • Find different points of view
  • Look up, look down

Create Depth:

  • Look for ways to add dimension

Get Balanced:

  • Becoming more intentional about creating and playing with balance in your images will help you create images that more intentionally express what you have to say

Pay Attention to the Moment:

  • Slow down, Be more aware of the action in a scene, trying to anticipate the moment of something interesting before it happens

 

On the Abandoned America website, I chose to look through  Cedar-Shade-Resort   Gallery. I have to say I was instantly drawn to the central points of these photos. At first look I was drawn in by what was going on in these photos but then the details of each photo became different. The photographer Matthew Christopher does an excellent job with the contrast in his images and creating a different depth on each photo. Even though these photos were a bit dark he still managed to add the color in his photos showing the blue sky or the greenish water of the pool. You can tell Christopher pays attention to the moment when he is capturing his photos because every picture he captures has many details in them.

PHOTO BLITZ TIME!

This assignment was super fun to me. I am glad I got to read the tips for better photography before I took my photos. This photo blitz got me to explore a little bit down town where I live and capture what is around. Below are the 7 photos I was assigned to take. I


  1. Here is a camera setting or filter I was unaware my camera had. I thought this filter fit the mood of this picture well. It showed the old time effect and dreariness of the day
  2. A close up photo of a unique texture. I chose this small succulent cactus. The texture through the lens of my camera made the thorns of this image pop. 
  3. The theme is blue. I chose to take a picture of a recycling bin. I like to recycle, it’s a simple way to help the environment. 
  4. A photo of advertising painted on a building. This is the closest advertisement painted on a building I could find. I figured it was promoting the Old Mill District. 
  5. A beautiful picture of something rusted. I chose to capture this picture of a rusted fence. I felt as if all the colors in this photo came together. 
  6. Someone else’s artwork. This is a statute/ figure I came across walking downtown. 
  7. Contrast between an object and its shadow. Due to the cloudy weather the only thing that I found that had a shadow was this pepper shaker. 


1 thought on “Thinking about Photos”

  • Nice work on this — I really like the photo of the chain link and the building. It’s an interesting angle, and it actually gives a feeling of abandonment that reminds me of the idea behind Abandoned America.

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