|Snap shot - this time with an off camera flash at 45 degrees|
|Inside snap shot without flash|
|Inside snap shot with flash at 45 degrees|
Another place I see this is my church. After a team comes back from their mission trip they show their photos the team laughs because they get the "inside joke." While not always a joke it is another memory jogger and not a photo that communicates to the audience.
Stage Two: "Artistic" Snapshot - making aesthetically pleasing pictures that enhance what you saw
|Inside photo with flash at 45 degrees and the photographer simplified the background giving more attention to the subject.|
This is where a photographer thinks about being sure the subject is well composed.
Not everyone is able to see the difference in their own photos to get to stage two, but believe me most everyone can see the difference between a "literal snapshot" and an "artistic snapshot."
I have written in previous newsletters about composition, lighting and framing and therefore encourage you to review those articles.
Stage Three: "Expressive" Images - images made for public, rather than private meanings. Expressive photography, like all art, offers universal, and often metaphorical, statements.
|Subject in her room. Main light off to the side out of the camera view to highlight the subject and draw you to her.|
There are three aspects to Expressive Photography, see the diagram. All three need to be present for the photo to be more than a "artistic snapshot."
Your mind is free to explore your thoughts. However, if the music has words in the music then it is less abstract even if the words are not sung. Hearing Amazing Grace played even without the words will put a more literal thought and therefore is not unlimited as the abstract music.
If the photo moves too far into just abstraction then the other parts of the triangle become weakened and the photo becomes just an "artistic snapshot."