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This is episode one of the Fuji Fan Podcast. A podcast that is geared towards those who are passionate about all things Fujifilm and photography and covers a range of topics from news, rumors, gear, quick tips as well as general discussion. This week’s topic is on being creative in an environment of the mundane, and I’m your host, Joshua Parker.
When you are new to photography, the best way to become good at it, is through practice. As the old adage goes, “Practice makes perfect.” Your daily routine, whether you are a beginner or not, should be to go out, take pictures and play with composition.
But, what if you live in an environment of the mundane? What if you live deep in the country and you have to drive at least 20 miles to see a great landscape or do street photography?
Well, the good news is that you don’t have to do that. You can be right where you are, practice photography and get some interesting shots. Now, the majority of these pictures may not be instagram worthy, but the goal is to get you in a daily habit of taking photos.
You see, photography is about being creative and creating art in photographic form. Truth be told, beauty can be found and captured all around, and yes, even in a mundane environment.
If you thought it was an impossible task to get great photographs where you are, then I want to challenge you. On a daily basis, I want you to go outside, and pick an object. Just one.
Look at that object from different vantage points and let your creative juices flow. Furthermore, take pictures of that object from different vantage points if you can. Play around with film simulations, creative filters, light, and so forth.
One other thing you can try, is look at that object through your camera’s viewfinder. In this way, you narrow the view of focus and block out anything else that may be distracting you. Again, you want to look at the object from different vantage points while looking through the viewfinder.
Also, while doing this, pay attention and see if there are other objects close to it or just beyond it that may add value to your composition.
Let’s say you have an old tree stump outside. There are different ways you can capture an amazing shot of that tree stump.
One such way is if that tree stump has some good age to it, try to setup your camera and the scene in such a way to capture its age. Try to give it that vintage look and feel. This would also be a great time to utilize film simulation bracketing. I would suggest using one of the color film simulations, as well as a monochrome and a sepia film simulation.
Once you are done taking pictures of the object you’ve set your sights on, bring those pictures to your computer. Take a very close look at them. Do you like what you see? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Or maybe while sitting at your computer and looking at those pictures you’ve taken, a few other compositional ideas may pop into mind. That can happen, especially when you become less concerned with what you don’t have, and instead take full advantage of what you do have.
Thanks for joining me this week on the Fuji Fan Podcast. If you have any comments or questions about this weeks episode, then visit fujix.tv/mundane/. While you’re there, if you found value in this episode, please like, share and subscribe. And I hope you will join me again next week for another edition of the Fuji Fan Podcast.