Day 3, Framing.

Day 3

I don’t have much to write about this evening. As usual, work was fairly dull. I took a few shots around my house today and decided that the above was the best one. I chose this photo more for demonstration than for its artistic prowess.

Ever since my high school graphic design teacher explained to me why some of my photos suck, I have been paying more close attention to them. For one – no more cyclops babies, and two – no more rushing. You are probably asking yourself what a cyclops baby is, or trembling at the thought at least. I will explain.

My sister asked me to photograph her baby girl for her birth announcements, naturally I jumped on the opportunity. I expressed to her that the photos would probably not turn out so good, luckily I only needed one decent picture with the child’s eyes shut. While I did get my shot, I also managed to produce something unflattering that even when viewing the photo I missed. And now, I deliver to you, Cyclops Baby.

IMG_1178Cyclops Baby is a rare species of baby, commonly found lurking in the shadows of my mother’s kitchen. I made this rare sighting of cyclops baby when photographing baby Alexia. All joking aside, what I thought was a decent picture, is actually quite unsettling. Fortunately my sister does not know I have nicknamed her baby this yet. When my former mentor pointed this out to me it was clear that framing is very important. Since then I have been doing my best to avoid making any more awkward cyclops baby pictures.

For starters, I have not photographed any babies. We can’t create a cyclops if we do not photograph one, now can we? Secondly, I have been taking my time with my work. I used to rush myself when it came to photographing things. I often find that I am always so excited for the next picture that I tend to ignore the details in the current one. Both in the field and when photographing things around the house, I have begun to take my time with how I frame stuff. The result since has been a huge increase in the amount of decent photos I get, and even more great ones.

While the above shot is not, by my standards, a great photo it definitely demonstrates good framing. In the end it is simply a nice picture of some desktop crap that is organized well inside of a frame. No longer do I look through my viewfinder and hope the picture will look good. I’ve learned to use my viewfinder as the tool that it really is, it displays what my photo will be in the end. If I look through my viewfinder, and don’t see a pretty picture, why capture the scene to begin with?

Stephen Battey

Stephen is a 25 year old amateur photographer, blogger, and husband from Tacoma, Washington. He shares a cute ass house with his husband, cat, and two dogs. He generally hates all weather patterns.

Tacoma, WA