Can any subject be a good subject...?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Chris Buckett, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm a bit of a newbie to this photography lark, and looking at my photos, I
    often wonder whether it's the subject that I'm choosing that's wrong.
    So, I'd like some opinions as to whether any subject can make a good photo,
    it just depends on composition, lighting, focus etc..., or whether there are
    some subjects that just don't make good photos. I think I already know the
    answer, but it'll be interesting to see what others say.

    Thanks in advance for your opinions...
    Chris B.
    Chris Buckett, Aug 8, 2003
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  2. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder....
    Michael Scarpitti, Aug 8, 2003
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    Mxsmanic, Aug 8, 2003
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    Lisa Duskis Guest

    or is that the beer-holder? *ducks*

    all joking aside, you made a good point... I've seen some pretty nasty bugs
    look quite attractive due to the photographer.
    Lisa Duskis, Aug 8, 2003
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    stan Guest

    This is actually a good question. Most things can be photographed to have some
    interest or appeal. Edward Westons toilets have been mentioned, his peppers are
    quite good as well. Non of these would have worked without the proper light and
    composition . Which for him was difficult. Ambient light which kept moving along
    with long shutter speeds and clandestine printing (read "The day books of Edward
    Weston"!). But I do believe there are times when it pays to stay in bed. I'm
    probably in a minority. Some subjects just aren't worth the trouble. For me!! I
    recently saw a photojpournalistic piece on junk cars. Well done in black and
    white. Old rusty wrecks in forests, fields and junk yards. It's in your head and
    heart and soul. The rest is light composition, film choice, and all the other
    technical stuff. I haven't really answerd the question because I don't think I
    can. It would be interesting to here Jay Meisel's answer!
    Visual Arts Photography
    stan, Aug 9, 2003
  6. That's the answer! Take a picture of the, "eye of the beholder".........
    William Graham, Aug 9, 2003
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    Ken Cashion Guest

    On Fri, 8 Aug 2003 11:33:02 +0100, "Chris Buckett"

    Yes, Chris. A good photograph can be made of any subject and
    I would suggest that you do something similar to what I did with some
    photo courses I taught.
    The first day I asked the class to start naming objects...any
    objects. As they named then, I wrote them down on the chalkboard.
    When I got 35 objects, I handed out numbered rolls of 200
    Ektachrome with 36 frames. Each student had to take a photo of their
    name and roll number on the first exposure and on each following frame
    take a photograph of the object in the sequence they had been named
    and written on the board.
    If they photographed the fire before they photographed the
    pet, then they would get a zero on both. I told them they could not
    combine the shots so a pet on fire would only count for one of the
    This was their first assignment and we had fun critiquing each
    other's work.
    They didn't know it but at the end of the course, for their
    final assignment, I handed out another round of film with the same
    They were amazed at how much they had improved.
    Another thing we did was to put a map of the city (Orlando,
    Florida) on the wall and every one had to throw a dart at it. Where
    their dart hit was the address where they were to shoot a 36 exposure
    roll of slides and bring in their best 20.
    Some hit cemeteries, some schoolyards, downtown areas, etc.
    (There was a lot of luck involved because I had turned the map
    upside down.)
    To help them, I told them to always look down and keep the
    macro or close-up lens in mind; and to look up so they do not miss
    interesting windows, roofs, and tree structures.
    Another assignment was that every photo had to be taken
    between 11 pm and strobes, flashes, or tripods.
    So there are many things we can photograph and in so doing,
    become better photographers of many subjects.

    Ken Cashion
    Ken Cashion, Aug 9, 2003
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