These are tips I accumulated for ds106.us (Digital Storytelling) activities with visual storytelling. Tweet me (@cogdog) your best suggestions and/or tag them #ds106.
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Twenty Ways to Make Better Photographs. None of Them Involve Buying Gear:
@cogdog My advice is going to sound silly but…..go on lots of adventures. Think of everything you do as an adventure.
— Katie L. Thompson (@BigSamThompson) March 26, 2014
— Rodd Lucier (@thecleversheep) September 24, 2012
@cogdog Plan your photos. Go out and be your own photo director. Always a device with you. The best moment is now.
— AnnaCow (@AnnyCow) March 26, 2014
Tips from Serena E: “I think my number one photography tip is to move your body instead of the camera whenever you can. Instead of zooming, move closer. Sometimes I intentionally leave behind the zoom lens when I travel. It forces me to get closer to my subjects & interact more.”
This was submitted to the googledoc we assembled last class:
I started chasing your links, and I got so inspired I’m headed out the door with my camera! The links here are to pro tips, and it’s hard to do anything but reiterate my favorites, or least the ones that I am currently working with:
* Constantly search for the odd angle–belly up, rooftop down.* Look for beauty in the quotidian.
* Make photography part of your everyday workout!* When you catch a shot out of the corner of your eye, turn around and go back for it.
* I love assignments such as The Daily Create or the Random Photography Assignment Generator.
* Look at lots of art (photographs, paintings, comics, movies etc.). Figure out what you like about it. Copy what you like.
* I once had the privilege of being on a field trip in Montana with the great Galen Rowell. As we looked out over the National Bison Range teeming with photographic potential, he said, “When you look through the lens, ask yourself, ‘What do I love about this image?’ and then compose the shot with that in mind.
@cogdog suggest reading Susan Sontag's 'On Photography', and looking at a tonne of photo essays.
— Sarah Lewthwaite (@slewth) September 26, 2012
— linda3dots (@linda3dots) September 24, 2012
Indeed, a classic! More info on it at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Photography … More at Google Books http://books.google.ca/books/about/On_Photography.html?id=B8DktTyeRNkC …
I bought TEN and it was well worth the $5! It’s free now
“The most effective, long term strategy that I’ve found to improve my sense of aesthetics has been through what I call “mindful seeing.”
“I mean the act and process of being deliberately thoughtful about what you are seeing. To see what you are looking at.”
“ Mindful seeing is the process of turning off the filters, of seeing your surroundings unfettered and unobstructed.”
“When viewing the world without filtering, even the most boring and banal subjects can become wondrous and interesting. We are constantly surrounded by interesting things that we normally don’t see – textures, lighting, patterns, shapes, objects, groupings, even messages.”
From educator/photographer Tom Haymes:
This presentation is older and works less well without the audio but also has some insights in how my use of equipment has influenced my photographic journey over almost 30 years. Again, I’m happy to supplement it with audio if you like.
I also have a landscape presentation entitled “Listening to the Light” which is pretty new. I haven’t uploaded it because it really requires the narration to make sense and I haven’t had time to record it. (Tom Haymes) The best “as is” presentation is definitely “Every Picture Tells a Story” – which fits quite nicely into the DS106 theme, doesn’t it?
Or the parallel, in terms of equipment, the app name says it all- “The Best Camera is the One in Your Hand” (and the worst one is the one you did not bring because you did not want to carry anything)