I don’t consider myself to be a “professional photographer” at this point. Far from it, actually. I used my first DSLR camera for the first time about a year ago, and started actually using it less than 6 months ago. That being said, since using it, practicing, and doing my homework, I’ve learned a lot.
Right now, I’m practicing composition. I feel like I’ve learned my camera and its lenses pretty well from a technical standpoint, but knowing how to operate a camera isn’t the same as creating good photography.
In my practice and study, I’ve learned the importance of changing perspective, or in some cases, maintaining it. The angle at which you shoot is just as important as anything else.
I’ve been trying to make it a habit of shooting random things throughout my home, often without manipulating the things around it. This practice forces and challenges me to change my own perspective to properly and (more importantly) interestingly compose photographs.
Today, I took a black and white picture of a light fixture that hangs in front of the front door in the entry way of my home.
Typically, when you look at a light fixture, the light is usually off, and you’re usually off to the side looking at it from an angle. Very rarely do you walk directly under the light and stare directly at it.
However, I remember being a kid and standing directly under light fixtures and ceiling fans. I don’t know why; perhaps it was childish wonder, or my ADD. But, for this photo, I wanted to revisit it that feeling.
As a child, you look at things with a sense of wonder, curiosity, and discovery. I think that sense of mystery is reflected here; you don’t quite know what you’re looking at, at first. All you know is there is something casting light directly above you.
This all may sound a bit…odd. After all, it’s just a picture of a light fixture. But when you change your perspective, when you look at things from a different angle, you can capture something quite interesting.