The word 'mundane' is generally used to refer to something boring and ordinary. But to a good photographer, nothing is dull. It is the place for a photographer to utilize his skill and talent, and show to the audience something amazing that they cannot see normally. Even if you are a beginner photographer, you can enhance your skills by challenging yourself to bring life to mundane scenes. If you develop your skills by practicing photography with these mundane scenes, clicking great photos of great locations or photogenic subjects will be a cakewalk for you. In this article, you will be given tips to bring beauty out of seemingly mundane subjects.
How To Photograph Mundane Scenes
Colors can never be boring. So, try finding colors, however common, around you and click. Ask yourself, 'how can I enhance this particular color combination in my photo?' and work accordingly. Even if everything appears shabby to you, take advantage of editing. While post-processing, think of yourself as a painter, and not a photographer. Do not hesitate to use colors. It's a good opportunity for you to apply the color harmony theory by yourself. But there is a word of caution - however creative you want to show, do not use more than 3 colors in your photo. It will ruin the essence of the mundaneness. Take color saturation into consideration.
Make use of light
As there is nothing special with your subject or location, you can be as creative with lighting as you want to make it appear beautiful in your photo. You can particularly play with shadows when it comes to photographing mundane scenes or things. Shadows are simply elegant. If you look at the picture above, it's only the skillful use of the shadow that has made it look so interesting. Using soft lights on seemingly ugly things can make it look sensual and dreamy. You can intensity the little details in the textures or patterns with the use of correct lighting.
Understand the angle
Angles play a crucial role in photography. You can make an everyday scene look so unusual. Take the above photo for example. You must have seen such a building a thousand times in your life. Had it not been taken from a 'worm's eye view', it would probably never grab your attention. To take a unique perspective, brainstorm on the angle you would click from. Stand out from the crowd with a distinctive angle best suited with the subject or location in every photo. Take an oblique direction, go to a high terrace, or lie on the road, do whatever you need to do to deliver the perfect photo. Also, look for common things with unusual signs or colors or even defects.
Creating magic in a common area or object is not as difficult as it seems. You just need to think out of the box and take steps to do something that other photographers have never done before. Undoubtedly, clicking mundane scenes and subjects teaches you to have an artistic view of the smallest things. As you proceed with it, you will eventually develop the photographic eye to see aesthetic beauty in everyday life.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.