The other day I talked about macro photographers that are taking subjects and just documenting them rather then taking time to explore the subject for a more artistic view.
Documenting subjects is what you see in text books when learning about a subjects, whether it was flowers, plant life, birds, critters, etc. Text book images are not to be artistic, but just to let the viewer know what the subject looks like.
Here is a skunk cabbage plant that would be consider documenting, as it just shows what the plant looks like, and nothing very artistic here.
Now if I use the sun as backlighting on one of the skunk cabbage leaves I now have a artistic view of this plant.
Here is a simple documentation of a Purple Coneflower. Nothing unusual or artistic about this image. It’s a nice sharp subject and has a good blurred background and exposed well, but all those things don’t mean much if the subject is composed in a simple documented style which we’ve seen so many times before.
Here is a Purple Coneflower that has some character and an artistic look that makes viewers say, wow it’s interesting and artistic. Much more interesting then the documented Coneflower.
Next time you are working with a subject try and remember to think, are you just documenting this, or is there a more creative way to photograph it.
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