Area of interest
You must be deeply interested in the subject. Without this, your images will remain lifeless. If you, the photographer, are not interested in the subject, how can you hope that it will be at least somewhat interesting to the viewer? Passion begets passion. Your interest in the subject, your curiosity and passion are vividly reflected in your works and make the viewer empathize with your passion.
Imagine a person who is passionate about something. Anything, such as a historical reconstruction. Ask him to tell you something about his hobby, and it will be impossible to stop him. He will be able to talk for hours about the features of clothing, weapons, household items, about the intricacies of their manufacture, about the traditions and customs of the era that interests him. Now try asking him about something outside of his area of interest, let it be, say, aircraft manufacturing, and most likely he will not be able to distinguish flaps from ailerons, if at all he wants to keep the conversation on this topic far from him.
Yes, many people do not hesitate to talk about things they do not understand and are not interested in, but listening to them is truly tedious, and it is just as tedious to look at the pictures they have taken.
Galen Rowell was a great photographer in the first place, because his main passion was mountaineering, not the actual photo as such. Photography served as a means of expressing his love for majestic mountain landscapes.
What fascinates you? If you are interested in people, their inner world, their experiences, their uniqueness, you can make a good portraitist. After all, a good portrait requires attention and respect for the model. This genre is contraindicated for a misanthrope.
Who, in your opinion, will become the best wedding photographer: an open and sociable person who loves noisy holidays and feasts, or an unsociable type who considers all the wedding rigmarole absolutely meaningless vanity?
If you like to walk around the city and watch its life, perhaps your destiny is street genre photography in the spirit of Cartier-Bresson.
Perhaps you are interested in birds, their habits, their life in natural conditions. In this case, you will not be too lazy to get up before dawn and sit for half a day in the swamp waiting for a unique shot.
Not birds, but insects? Well, macro photography is technically difficult, but it is extremely exciting.
A good landscape artist will rarely be good as a sports reporter. And vice versa. The difference of character leads to difference of the inclinations. Think about it: what are you prone to?
Don’t focus on one thing. Try different genres, and even better, invent new ones until you find a path that will allow you to Express yourself fully.
You may be one of the happy minority of people who truly love their work and look at it as an interesting hobby that is also paid for. If this is about you, then you basically can not part with the camera. A case that you devote a large amount of time to, and in which you are no doubt well versed, can carry an incalculable number of photographic subjects.
By the way, if you don’t like your job, it definitely signals that it’s time for you to change something in your life.
Photography, like other fine arts, is a means of communication. Communication between the artist and the viewer. Images that faithfully reproduce reality, but do not bear the imprint of the author’s personality, are not able to have any significant emotional impact on the viewer. A simple example is a photo for documents. Even if such pictures are taken not with the help of a photo booth, but by a live photographer, his work does not differ much from that of a vending machine. The photo on the documents does not reflect the identity of the person being shot, or the attitude of the photographer to him. More precisely, it has an indifferent attitude, as a result of which, despite the mechanical realism of the picture, it is still devoid of artistic realism, and the person appears on it unlike himself. However, in this area, no one requires a creative approach, which is also true for scientific and technical surveys, where excessive creativity can lead to inaccuracy of experimental data. Here photography plays the role of craft in pursuit of practical goals.
Another thing is art photography, i.e. photography aimed at satisfying primarily aesthetic needs. In this case, the photo acts as an intermediary between the author and the viewer, and if the photographer does not put any meaning in his works, then is there any doubt that the viewer is likely to consider them absolutely meaningless?
This applies even to such seemingly practical areas of photography as photojournalism or, say, commercial subject photography. What kind of creativity is there? However, a good photographer will try in the first case not just to capture and capture the tense moment of an event, but will do it in such a way as to effectively show all its tension and drama, and in the second case, will remove the advertised product not only reliably, but also attractive to a potential buyer.
Before you take another shot, think about what exactly interested you in the subject being shot? what’s unusual about it? what are its most characteristic features? Try to emphasize the most important details and, if possible, throw out of the frame everything that is not related to the core idea. In order to convey your attitude to the subject to the viewer, you must form this attitude, if not in a verbal form, then at least in the form of a persistent sensation.
Do not try to portray the subject impartially – you still will not succeed. Impartiality means lack of interest in the subject, which means that your picture will be extremely uninteresting, even if it is technically perfect.
Show the item as you see it. If you have something to say, say it loudly, clearly, and concisely. This is the only way your photos can become a link between you and another person.