Following the line of the Article “7 things that Karsh Yousuf can teach You about photography” today we will learn what Vivian Maier can teach us! The article was written by Laura Lim.
This is the biggest mystery of the world of photography in recent years. A historian buys a box of negatives at auction, without knowing much about photography. However, he quickly discovers that the images were nothing.
In fact, he soon realized that he had discovered a really masterful photographer, completely unknown in the world.
Who is Vivian Maier? A nanny? A photographer? A traveler? Time will tell, as the historian goes on, documenting your history on film.
But for now, we have the opportunity to study your work, and trying to figure out what she might have taught us.
1. Document your world
Vivian’s work is best described as a street photography, a style of photograph documenting people in ordinary situations in public places. That seems a bit monotonous, but it’s exactly the opposite.
Document your world gives a incredible vision to life and to the moments of real people, right now. This is a subject with which you combine only. Do you know your world better than anyone, so show it to us!
Not only is it rewarding to create art of our day to day, but it is also an important work. Consider a photo historian, and preserve life as it exists today.
At a minimum, your grandchildren will find it fascinating.
2. Use of All
Here at a2zcamerablog.com, you don’t need a fancy digital camera to take great pictures. Vivian used a beautiful camera dual lens medium format to take your photos.
She didn’t have a camera phone in your pocket all the time. She wasn’t able to take hundreds of photos every day. She couldn’t see how the picture had stayed, and if she should take another.
You have many advantages with your camera. No matter how many megapixels or lenses you have. Just shoot!
3. Shoot Carefully
With a medium format film camera, you have about 12 images per roll. Can you believe this?? A modern memory card can store thousands of photos!
Think of what it’s like to go out to take pictures, being able to take only a dozen shots Max. You photograph so different?
Probably. You would probably slow down, take longer to take each photo and thinking more. Use this experience to strengthen your work. Put more effort into each frame.
4. Share your Work
Part of the joy of photography is to share your images with others. Many people today love the work of Vivian, and unfortunately, she never know it.
She left many rolls of undeveloped film and not seen even for her!
You need to do something with your photos. It’s easier than ever to spread them, with websites, blogs, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. And it’s easier than ever to print and create albums. (Note: here the site has two articles talking about this subject, “what you need to know to share my photos on the internet” and “Where to share their photos on the internet”.
Don’t let your photos stored on their hard drives, without ever being appreciated. We all do it – we got busy with a million other things – but be sure to print your own work. Choose a job every month to print a new batch of pictures, even if only to yourself.
Your photos are worthy of it.
5. Stand in front of interesting things
Here’s a great quote for you:
If you want to be a better photographer, stay in front of most interesting things. Jim Richardson
Vivian traveled the world, to places like Egypt, Thailand, Italy, France, Viet Nam, Indonesia, among others. She searched for interesting things and stood in front of them.
Travel is one of the most photographically inspiring that you can do. A new city, a new culture, new streets, new buildings. You will not be able to keep your camera.
But that’s not the only way to see fascinating things. Great shots can be taken in your hometown. Just go to places where life happens.Markets, blocks in the Center – go to where the action is, and you’ll find interesting things!
6. Be Organized
It’s really sad that Vivian has had a chance to enjoy a lot of your own work, with many rolls left without being revealed. Luckily, things are much easier for you.
Start with Lightroom, this is a solid program both to edit how your personal file create. Develop a well-organised system that allows you to find and view images easily, with subtitles, collections and more.
The photos look more valuable according to age. Keep your job well filed, and you quickly develop a valuable resource for yourself.
7. Understand the power of black and white
Most of the work of Vivian is in black and white. However, that doesn’t make it any less interesting. In fact, the lack of color let your images more interesting.
In black and white, many crucial elements of a picture become more visible. The composition is the Center, and the contrast, shapes, textures, lines, moment and expression are brought forward. With a good eye for balance, your work really shines in the black and white world.
Perhaps the black and white is so visually interesting for us because we simply do not see the world in black and white. This is automatically different, and, when you use the strengths of the medium, this is a really powerful way to present your vision.
Vivian took more than 100,000 pictures on film. She probably became a teacher after the first 20000. Imagine what level of photography she was after producing 90000?
You need to practice. You need to shoot. You won’t get better unless you separate one time, so grab your camera and go outside!
Bonus! Be Yourself!
Be yourself! What does this have to do with photography? Well, that’s simple. You have a unique perspective about what you find interesting in this world. Then shoot it. Don’t worry if the others will find it interesting or not. If you think it’s cool, shoot.
When you look at the work of Vivian, you look at who she was. This is really amazing. She photographed herself, and no one else, and the images were the best part of it.
There’s a lot you can learn from this amazing photographer. Spend some time looking at your work, and see if you can find more lessons!
The first time I saw the picture on the right I literally laughed out loud.This is a fantastic image, gives an emotional response from truth. She definitely looks like he had a great sense of humor!
So that’s it, I thought what an amazing one day someone find all your work and from there try to set as you were, how things were in your time and especially as you saw. It’s definitely something to think about and a great challenge to get more, don’t you think?
I hope this article article has contributed in some way to your new photos!
A big hug,
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