Everyday photography is all about finding the extraordinary in ordinary life. It is especially significant in today's world when everyone has restricted movements due to pandemics. When you cannot go everywhere in search of the perfect subject, why don't you click what's around you? It is undoubtedly a challenging task. But you will always find something photogenic in apparently uninteresting, monotonous daily life. This practice will make you more mindful, and skillful with a camera.
Here are the top 3 tips for you to take great everyday life photographs:-
Great photography technique is not all about the right camera settings, good composition, correct lighting, and nice editing. It involves a very important skill - observation. Learn to be a great observer. You need to enhance the extraordinary quality of ordinary common things in your photographs, so develop an eye for that. Before clicking a shot, think about what story you are going to tell through the picture. Wait patiently for the right moment. Simple moments can have the potential to become a great everyday photo, and you will find it only if you have the correct outlook. The best way to develop observation skills is to go to a public place, spending some time there, mindfully watching the people, and their activities. You can follow this exercise whenever you get time. We tend to ignore the common scene we see everyday, but if we notice them carefully, they never fail to surprise us with their uniqueness. You will learn with experience of everyday life photography that even an ordinary object has something new to offer.
Everyday photography gives you ample opportunity to experiment with angles, lighting, and settings. You can take photos from proximity using a macro lens to show details of a petty common object that probably nobody has noticed. It expresses your creativity as well as adds a personality to the photo. You may focus only on the texture of an object or a plant- which will tell a story of its journey. You can try your hand in minimalist photography using everyday objects too. Simplicity is the cornerstone of this type of photography, which you can get from common things. Keep as much negative space around the subject as possible. If you are clicking people, try to go for candids always. Candid shots reveal everyday life the best. Capture their unposed expressions, emotions, and activities. Taking candid shots will make you a better photographer from all aspects- you would become more prompt and noiseless with your gears at the same time.
Play with colors:-
Try to capture contrasting colors to create aesthetic photos. You can find a splash of colors in the most mundane scenes too. Solid colored objects with a patterned background or vice versa will enhance the quality of your image. The same goes for bright and pale color contrasts. You can opt for black and white images too because even the most familiar objects can appear foreign when we see them in black and white. Black and white photographs are mysterious and dramatic together.
As stated earlier, capturing a glimpse of everyday life is not as easy as it sounds, but if you follow the tip mentioned here, you will surely nail it.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.