What do your eyes go to first when you see the following picture?
f/10, 4 sec, ISO-1000
I’m still struggling with the following concept and trying to disprove it, but might as well put it out there. Basic concept(border line common sense), light attracts and darkness repels. Did you eyes to to the light first and then to the car? Since there is a drastic light difference between the car and the light, I think I cheated by taking this picture. But think where your eyes are drawn in a photograph.
What makes a good photograph? I have no idea or I’d be doing it! But here’s one thing I’ve been trying to work on to use this concept to my advantage. Don’t include the light/distraction if it’s going to take away from the subject(what you want the viewer to focus on) of the picture. Like this.
f/10, 4sec, ISO-1000
Ok, that really doesn’t look that good, but you are sort of looking at the car which is what I want you to focus on. But in a situation, it might be hard to take the distraction(light) out of the view. So, change where you are taking the picture from.
Look at this picture now. What is the first thing you are drawn to?
f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO-320
The yellow super lemon candy wrapper? As with light, warm colors attract and cold repels. But then why are we drawn to lets say the blue eyes in a photograph or the blue water instead of the person standing on the beach? Maybe because that is in focus? still figuring it out.
I know these aren’t amazing photos and the car needs a wash, but I just wanted to prove to myself if the concept is at least relevant in these situations. Need to do much more investigation. In the end, I’m learning to try and display what I want the user to see in the photograph with the least amount of distractions in it. If that means move to another angle, take a close up shot to crop out the distraction. Do it, because then your audience will see what you want them see.
Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
It’s not that we have to attract people, the light automatically draws people in. Make sure the light is always on in you.
PS – To get streaks from the light, use a higher f number. You can see a better example of a picture of the sun in my portfolio.
f/7.1, 1/60 sec, ISO-5000