By subjects, I mean the objects that are either placed or exist in front of the camera’s lens and the areas of knowledge that relate to them. In this article we explore 4 subjects, so that a photographer may make the most out of their hobby or profession.
The Best Locations
If looking to capture idyllic landscapes, the photographer will need not knowledge of geography exactly, but an understanding of where the best places in the world to photograph are, and at what times of the day (just some of the things that go into how to become a great photographer). For example, a wonderful place to watch and photograph a sunset would be at Ipanema Beach in Brazil. Ipanema Beach is a spot in Rio de Janeiro that is known for its beachwear and wild surfing exploits. So, plenty of action shots possible, too, featuring the beach as a backdrop. For a wonderful view, you could take a cable car tour up Pao de Acucar. That would not just provide a vantage point but give you the advantage in terms of the views that you could capture with a camera. Or even a mobile phone. Technology has meant they can capture forever more impressive images.
A useful table to refer to if taking photographs from beaches is a list of tide times.
The Living – Human or Animal
The debate here is whether people or animals make the best subjects. The advantage of people, perhaps models, is that they will stay still and be poseable in all kinds of positions. In contrast, animals will stay still only when asleep or momentarily while waiting for a treat. In terms of cuteness, there is no doubt that animals are a popular subject. They form the images for many a calendar or greetings card.
A tip for photographing animals might be to use a zoom lens. Particularly, if you are trying to capture wild animals because they tend to keep their distance. In most cases, you will want them to. In addition, you may want a fast shutter speed where animals are moving constantly. If you wish to photograph say wildlife in Africa, it can be a good idea to hire a tracker or to go on an arranged safari.
When photographing people, it is a factor that you can only keep their attention or interest for so long, so you will need to work reasonably quickly. That relies on knowing your camera well and be able to quickly change its settings. If you also want to be in the shot yourself, self-timer and selfie functions are invaluable. On the one hand, it can be a long process if those you photograph want to see what images you have taken of them during the photo shoot, but on the other hand, useful to make sure that they are happy with them, in the case of family members. In the case of a professional photographer, the photographer may well know best what is going to work in the market in which they wish to place the images.
Architecture and Blue Plaques
Buildings can make a wonderful subject. Their look can be determined by the age of their architecture. Also, though, many Victorian buildings will be copies of Tudor buildings and not from the period they visually portray. This is important to the historian if that is the kind of magazine the image is likely to end up in. A clue to this fakery will usually be a plaque attached or built into the building which displays its age.
Other interesting plaques to look out for are London’s blue plaques, which represent a scheme that is run by English Heritage. If you’re travelling to the country it can be a great thing to get a shot of. The idea behind the plaques is that they celebrate links between figures of notoriety and the past. For instance, a particular person might have been born or lived at that building and then later gone on to become someone known for their achievements and famous the world over. The London scheme was founded in 1866 and has expanded into schemes throughout the UK.
Famous blue plaques around the United Kingdom include:
“1851-1860 Charles Dickens Novelist Lived in Tavistock House near this site.”
English Heritage: “Ian Fleming 1908-1964 Creator of James Bond lived here.”
Greater London Council: “from this House in 1848 Frederick Chopin 1810-1849 went to Guildhall to give his last performance.”
So, it is worth finding out just who lived where.
In summary, there is much to photograph and many places to do it. By researching, you may take away the spontaneity but increase your chance of success.