There are many skills one needs to acquire to become a good photographer- knowledge of composition, exposure, focal length, understanding timing and human behavior.
But I have come to realize, that perhaps the MOST important skill of all is knowing how to choose which photos to show others.
Choosing the absolute best ‘take’ of a photo session, or that one photo from a whole day of shooting- is hard.
You need to be able to detach yourself from being the photographer who took or created those photos and become as objective of a critic as possible.
You need to be able to look at your own photos as if you are seeing them for the first time, and they aren’t yours at all. Some people simply ask other people to tell them what they think, because doing this is so difficult.
I feel that I have become pretty good at this, but there is always room for improvement.
I created this Image over the weekend, with my good friends Nic,Chan,Sivan and Lobo. Nic Jumped in the air many times, which left me with many options to choose from.
Things I took into account were angle, sharpness, lighting, facial expression, body language and that extra thing I Cant put my finger on.
Behind the Scenes
(Also: sometimes you become a critic WHILE your shooting- don’t do that you will have time for that later..)
“The Box”- Image 15 of the “Surrealistic Pillow” Project.
Starring Shai and pigeons.
Creating This Image was a lot of fun- we got up early in the morning and went to “Kikar Rabin” (Rabin Square), it was quite cold, but we had a job to do.
we brought some bread to get as many pigeons as possible in the shot, and got the frame ready.
we tried out different angles until one worked perfectly.
Shai did a few jumps and I tried to see if it was working out..
Timing was important, and so was the angle at which his hands and body were at.
Being The Cool Guy that he is, he kept jumping again and again, stopping only to have a drink of juice and a strange cracker-with-cream-cheese thing sivan had made.
(it was quite good). Turns out, its not that easy to jump and make it look like you are being carried away by a flock of birds- but then suddenly-
we got the shot.