The U.S. Capitol building is a pretty popular subject for photographers. A quick search on Google Images revealed 39.5 Million results! What do you do when you want a photo of something that’s been done to death? In my case, it depends upon my mood. Sometimes I really want that traditional shot that everyone gets. That can be a good starting place while I let my mind start to unwind and consider alternatives.
You can really admire someone else’s photograph of a subject and start to create the same composition, but then something happens. You start to see elements that you don’t like in the composition. Maybe you don’t have the right lens. The weather or some circumstances may be different. You may see some element that wasn’t in the frame of the photo you liked, and decide to use it.
It doesn’t hurt to have a bag of tricks to use, either. There are some elements that typically work well for photographs. Sunrises or sunsets. Warm & cool colors. Reflections. Instead of thinking about how I can make a subject interesting, I look for opportunities to find an interesting environment around a subject. There’s always something different.
My Review of The Digital Photography Books by Scott Kelby
I bought The Digital Photography Book, Part 4 by Scott Kelby a few days ago and thought it was another great addition to the series. Having found myself quite pleased with each one, I decided to write down my thoughts in a short review. If you haven’t checked out these books, please take a look at the review and perhaps it will give you a better idea of what you get in this series.