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Photography and the wonderful memories

A photograph can have as many different meanings as there are people who look at it. A photograph can bring back wonderful memories, this is why we keep photographs and look at them years after they were taken. As times move on, we experience different times, different places and friendships, but the photographs remain as a document of that time, and they can have an important part to play in encouraging us to seek out old friends who we haven’t spoken to in too long. A photograph is a representation of a moment, a time and a bond.

Create an Impression of Being Part of the Action

Taking a good photograph is about so many things, far more than just pointing the camera when you see a scene worth preserving. If you want to get an image that will be looked at and remarked upon by all who look at it, you really have to create an impression of “being there”. This is all the more difficult if you are taking photographs of live action rather than still life. You are competing with many different factors to get a good picture of the occasion. There is the fact that a moving target is harder to catch, there is the problem of a crowd, which is unlikely to be keeping still, and often there is an issue of lighting.

Picture the Scene

There is a good reason why the photographs that people are happy to look at again and again tend to center around a particular place, person or occasion. Some people can get away with photographing any old thing because they can bring something new to it – an interesting perspective, a unique touch – that makes it worth looking at. The most important thing about a subject is that they, or it, need to be the main thing in focus in the photograph, and seen in their best light.

The Digital Age and How It Has Changed Things

The process of photography is one that has changed immensely in all of our lifetimes – even those of us who are not yet old enough to read this. However, for those of us who have a few decades on the clock, the changes are most noticeable. We all remember a time when taking a photograph meant a wait of at least a day or two before seeing the finished result. These days, it is a matter of seconds. Digital photography is the cause for much of the change that has taken place. It used to be the case that we would take a photograph and think “I hope I haven’t messed that up”, in the full knowledge that you would have to wait until a couple of days after you got back from holiday to see whether or not you had. As almost all digital cameras now come fitted with a preview screen, which is not an issue anymore.

The Beauty of Landscape Photography

Symmetry, repetition, contrast, asymmetry, and coherence – these major components construct a beautiful photograph taken by an exceptional photographer.  These are also the very same components that one needs balance when taking one of the easiest yet most difficult subjects to photograph “landscapes”.

Since they are permanent, familiar, accessible, and part of nature, landscapes have been one of the most favorite subjects by most photographers. Landscape photography can be traced as early as 1849. In the 19th century, many eminent landscape photographers emerged which dominate large photography collections in museums and galleries worldwide. Today, many budding photographers continue to fall in love with nature, and as they pursue the road to landscape photography, more and more works, and techniques continue to emerge. 

Unlike other kinds and styles of photography, most people would say that it is easy to take landscape photographs because you do not need to instruct you subject and you can choose whatever angle you want. On the contrary, most photographers believe that landscape photography is one of the most difficult because you will need an intense set of equipment and a very keen eye to make an “ordinary” scene quite extraordinary.

When Everything Was Black And White

Color photography was actually invented a lot longer ago than most people believe – indeed, there were experimental color shots taken as long ago as the 19th century. However, the use of color photography was hugely uncommon until the 1960s, and it was another few decades, after that before newspapers printed color shots with any kind of regularity.

This gives an impression of age and for some people an impression of depth to photographs taken these days using black and white film or filters. Many of the iconic photographs of all time, taken as they were in the early half of the 20th century, in black and white.