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How to Take a Great Photo

By Kulesh @stas_kulesh
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I am not here to retell the whole discussion because the argument was heated and the examples included about five names. But in short the main idea is as follows. You don't need to wait for the situation when you, such a cool photographer, are at some place out in the street and suddenly, bang, an elephant in drawers jumps out in front of you, just at the right time for you to take a cool shot, and here is that great photo, on the National Geographic's cover. It will hardly happen. A great shot is a result of great work.

One can wait for the muse to come and suffer from waiting so long. In reality the process is much more prosaic and work-intensive: you just need to make up your mind to do it and start doing it yourself. Almost any creative process comprises 99% of chore, 0.99% of creativity and 0.01% of luck. When we talk about photography, we are to decide the above problem like this. Choose the place, the texture, the light, the situation, the format. Then work on the shot until you really get it. You need to work for a long time and, if it is possible, hard and no matter what. If you fail, then change the place, the texture, etc. That is the way how you, perhaps, will take a great photo, or a couple of great photos, which can be shown to people. The spectator will be surprised, “How did he/she manage to seize such a great moment? What luck!” Doesn't it seems to you that it sounds like we are in fishing, honestly! In Nepal, when I noticed a rather interesting back part with a film billboard on a corrugated fence, I chose the position at a busy corner during the rush hours and was standing there for 40 minutes. I tried different angles, exposures and apertures – I made about a hundred of shots, and one of them, as minimum, I consider a “lucky” one. Do you think it is quite normal? I do. The post is continued with some MB of those photos. You can see the dynamics of the shot development and the attempts to catch something worthwhile. The shots in green frames are now in the folder named “OK”. The red framed shot is in the final series. All photos are clickable. In total, I have taken 89 photos, then Ihave chosen 12 out of those 89, and finally I have chosen only one out of 12. Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1542 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1554 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1467 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1479 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1544 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1538 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1486 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1506 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1545 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1539 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1524 Nepal_kathmandu_wall_img_1535 See the full gallery on Posterous

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