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A Unique Point of View

How to find the extraordinary in the ordinary

Photography has been around for over 100 years. Just about anything you can imagine has already been photographed by someone else. Some subjects like national monuments have been especially overdone.

Capturing a great photograph is not too hard once you know how to use your camera and know how to use the light to your advantage. The really hard part is capturing a unique point of view.

Browse through some of the highly rated photos on Photo.net. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Did you notice something interesting? Some of the most captivating photos are due to the photographer's surprising point of view. While the object they captured may appear mundane to the rest of us, they saw it from a totally different angle.

There's Always Something To Learn

Capturing a new point of view is the real challenge of photography and why you can do it for years and continuously learn to see things from a different perspective.

A unique point of view can change a ho-hum photo into something captivating. But what can you do to get there?

Liberate yourself from the ordinary.

Experiment With Something Familiar

Pick an object or subject you see every day of your life, something you are totally familiar with. Spend 15 minutes with that one subject. Photograph it from every angle you can possibly imagine. Turn your camera upside down if you have to.

Many of these initial photos you take won't amount to much. One might surprise you. Delete all the ones that aren't very interesting (you can do it, they're just files on your hard drive) and keep the ones you like. Try to determine what you find interesting about the photos you keep. Then, try to capture the point of view that you like with other less familiar subjects.

Over time your eye will improve. Be patient, this takes a lot of time and practice. Some of the best photographers are still learning how to see things in unique ways. If you keep at it, your creativity will blossom and eventually you'll find that you save more photos than you delete.

This photo was taken in a busy park in downtown San Francisco. You might not guess that if I didn't tell you.

I was lucky enough to find a background for these flowers that was in shadow. This eliminates all background detail and makes the flowers stand out on their own.

If I had been farther away, or if I had moved the camera slightly to the right or left, more of the park background would be visible, and my subject would no longer be the focus of the picture.
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