One Photo Tip to Rule Them All

Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 2 Comments

A Gentle Soul
A Gentle Soul

Legendary Austro-Hungarian photo-journalist and war photographer, Robert Capa once famously said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” And he was right.

It’s quite simple. Get closer to your subject. Doing this one thing will instantly improve your photography.

Fill the frame with your subject. You can do this with people, animals, food, anything really. Here are some examples:

Cafe Sperl
Cafe Sperl (Vienna, Austria)

Cuteness Never Goes Out of Style
Cuteness Never Goes Out of Style

Floating Market Exotic Fruits
Mangosteen at The Floating Market (Bangkok, Thailand)

Self-Portrait using iPhone
Self-Portrait using iPhone and some fun apps

This three-shot series below was taken in Santa Fe, NM. The first two shots are not remotely interesting and I would not show them to anyone unless I wanted to use them as an example of what not to do. But, as you will see in the third photo, getting really close up to the Christmas lights creates a memorable image.

Christmas Lights v.1b

Christmas Lights v.2

Christmas Lights v.3

Hey Good Lookin'
Hello, Ladies

So, go ahead, shoot in Autofocus, don’t read the manual, never learn what ISO means, use a cheap camera, etc…


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  1. Great post buddy!!! How terrific to learn a really useful tip that is so easy!! Great pictures too – although I may be a little biased : ) Keep up the good work!!

  2. Very cute and a great photography tip! That llama kills me.

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