Using Tendencies to Your Advantage

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/4, 1/1600 sec, ISO-250  |  Koh Tao, Thailand

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/4, 1/1600 sec, ISO-250  |  Koh Tao, Thailand

I like taking pictures of trees (well, I like taking pictures of most things!) because the lines are so nice. I naturally look for lines, colors, shapes, etc., so when I saw this I really enjoyed the lines of the palm trees. What do you naturally see that compels you to take pictures?

I think it's important to identify what you naturally gravitate towards in your art medium so you can use that to your advantage. Because I look for lines naturally, I am better able to use them and manipulate them in how I take pictures. It's the same with colors and shapes or even symmetry. 

To identify what you naturally do or see, go look at some of your favorite work that you've done, whether that's photography, painting, drawing, etc. Look for patterns between those pieces and make note of it. In photography, if you were drawn towards color, then look for places that draw your eyes with color while you're shooting and find out how to exploit what you see with your camera. The more you know yourself, your craft, your tendencies, and your skills, the faster you can grow in them and other areas that you're not so good at seeing.

I know what I mentioned might sound daunting or even boring, but it will help you grow and become a better art practitioner. Promise!

-Ashley