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:
Mangosteen at The Floating Market (Bangkok, Thailand)
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.
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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