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I wanted to know your thinking process when taking pics. Maybe we can learn from one another!

I'm 25 with a degree in Architecture. NO, its not the study of how to built houses/buildings. It's the study of experiencing spaces. When i was in school, I was trained to design spaces with a certain feeling/emotion in mind. I apply the same concept to my photographs. I try to capture an emotion, a moment that connects with the viewer and makes you experience it too. To me that is a successful image. The content is not as important a the captured emotion and the connection! It has to be deep!:4ngie:
 

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I wanted to know your thinking process when taking pics. Maybe we can learn from one another!

I'm 25 with a degree in Architecture. NO, its not the study of how to built houses/buildings. It's the study of experiencing spaces. When i was in school, I was trained to design spaces with a certain feeling/emotion in mind. I apply the same concept to my photographs. I try to capture an emotion, a moment that connects with the viewer and makes you experience it too. To me that is a successful image. The content is not as important a the captured emotion and the connection! It has to be deep!:4ngie:
I don't really capture moments. I wish I did but I don't. Instead I try to overcome this with really strong color and clarity.
 

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I worry about what is in focus and lighting and can change subject and mood later by cropping.

I have 18mp and decent lenses, so it works for the non critical artsy fartsy stuff.
 

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I look at the angle, spacing of the subject from its surroundings, focus/clarity/detail, and lighting. I tend to use flash outdoors especially when the sun is out to eliminate dark spots and harsh shadows.
 

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Lighting, Focus, Colors, Clarity, Spacing and image balance. I guess I look for all these things unconsciously...
I guess i worry about the emotional aspect of the image too much.... damn architecture theory!
 

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Here are some pics I selected at random.... Let me know what you think and how to improve.

South Beach
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5060821131/" title="Miami by critical_gp, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/5060821131_9be5e116fe_z.jpg" width="640" height="398" alt="Miami" /></a>

South Beach
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5061430136/" title="DSC_0681 by critical_gp, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/5061430136_44a06c9497_z.jpg" width="640" height="399" alt="DSC_0681" /></a>

New York (Guggenheim Museum)
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5061429232/" title="GNYC by critical_gp, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/5061429232_183c38982b_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="GNYC" /></a>

Milwaukee, WI
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5060818243/" title="Miwaukee by critical_gp, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5060818243_203ea2ed33_z.jpg" width="640" height="440" alt="Miwaukee" /></a>

My Dog (sad after my GF left, my dog is very attached to her)
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5061426590/" title="Zoza by critical_gp, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/5061426590_97c0ac8188_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="Zoza" /></a>

Ocho Rios, Jamaica
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5060814183/" title="DSCN6413 by critical_gp, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5060814183_0b6db1473c_z.jpg" width="502" height="640" alt="DSCN6413" /></a>

My Sister opening her birthday present
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5061425610/" title="DSC_0719 by critical_gp, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4148/5061425610_4a3dffa62b_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="DSC_0719" /></a>

Johnie Walker Black Label promo
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5060817265/" title="Black Label by critical_gp, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4148/5060817265_7cda31db1c_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="Black Label" /></a>
 

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Those first two crack me up because I lived on south beach and had an Imola Red M3... Small world.
 

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I am a Network Engineer by trade so I am a very technical and detail oriented person. I also run my own photography company. When I first got into photography I spent a lot of time learning the technical aspects of how to use professional equipment and the fundamental concepts of photography (light, color, contrast, composure, etc). The problem I had with that was I didn't spend enough time asking myself "How does this moment make you feel?" After receiving some pretty harsh criticism from some of the best wedding photographers in the area I decided to change my philosophy.

I decided that I would start training myself to compose my shots with feeling instead of thought. I wanted to start creating art with emotion. I found that my technical knowledge of photography is so burned into me that it happens automatically for the most part. Now I am able to put myself in a position that allows me to wait for the perfect moment. It's a bit hard to explain but ever since I did that, whenever I'm looking through the viewfinder, time slows down. I am able to see moments happening fractions of a second at a time. A great side affect of this mentality is that I find myself less worried about being cautious and more interested in creating a feeling and it's a GREAT feeling... and the shots come out pretty decent as well :D

I'm definitely not the best wedding photographer out there but I feel this new outlook on how to shoot has allowed me to work toward becoming an artist. Hopefully my clients think so as well :hmm:
 

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I am a Network Engineer by trade so I am a very technical and detail oriented person. I also run my own photography company. When I first got into photography I spent a lot of time learning the technical aspects of how to use professional equipment and the fundamental concepts of photography (light, color, contrast, composure, etc). The problem I had with that was I didn't spend enough time asking myself "How does this moment make you feel?" After receiving some pretty harsh criticism from some of the best wedding photographers in the area I decided to change my philosophy.

I decided that I would start training myself to compose my shots with feeling instead of thought. I wanted to start creating art with emotion. I found that my technical knowledge of photography is so burned into me that it happens automatically for the most part. Now I am able to put myself in a position that allows me to wait for the perfect moment. It's a bit hard to explain but ever since I did that, whenever I'm looking through the viewfinder, time slows down. I am able to see moments happening fractions of a second at a time. A great side affect of this mentality is that I find myself less worried about being cautious and more interested in creating a feeling and it's a GREAT feeling... and the shots come out pretty decent as well :D

I'm definitely not the best wedding photographer out there but I feel this new outlook on how to shoot has allowed me to work toward becoming an artist. Hopefully my clients think so as well :hmm:
This. Pretty much me as well. I look through the viewfinder hoping that I will get images that will literally jump out at people, and have a strong impact on the viewer. I also like to try and freeze time, taking mostly candid shots of people, and also taking into account lighting that will make my pictures pop. :blah:I just take pics!
 

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ both!
..... that's what i mean. The image should connect emotionally with the viewer!
 

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I dunno. Lots of time I just point and shoot. I don't think of it too much.
 

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Im a 25 year old Mechanical Engineer. Ive been interested in photography and cinematography my whole life but just got my first camera last year. I get inspired by magazine ads and movies. My stuff is basically how I see the world, When I'm taking a picture of someone I always try to capture the natural character of a person.










These are some pics that have inspired me










 

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its about capturing the moment. viewing the pictures that you took should take you back to that place at that specific time to the point where you can remember how the weather was, how you were feeling that day, why you took that photo, the smells, sights, sounds that were present as you took the photos etc etc...its about the memories and taking you back to that place.

BTW, im a first year architecture student right now :D
 

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Since I don't photograph live subjects too much I just make sure I nail all the parameters for the look I am going for and will look through the view finder and my other eye simultaneously until I get the composure I am looking for.
I am extremely detail orientated so I am always trying to get angles that I know will bring out interesting things to see. In addition I look for the "pop" potential that after minor editing will really pop off the screen.

Its hard to teach composure.
 
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