And, just this week, my photography class was featured in an article in an Australian newspaper. The reporter wanted to learn techniques to make better photographs while being a tourist. Here is the link
From the article:
FIVE MORE EXPERT TIPS ON PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPH THE PEOPLE
New York is home to eight million souls . . . photograph them! Yes, the architecture is incredible, but it’s the people, the mix of classes and ethnicities and their proximity to you that makes NYC unique. Capture real moments.
GET CREATIVE WITH PERSPECTIVE
When photographing, don’t just walk around and shoot. Investigate a subject, walk around it to find the best angle, crouch down or try a high vantage point.
DO A SERIES
Come up with a concept for a series of thematically linked photographs. For example, hot dog vendors, apartments with a ½ in their address, etc. It’s more fun and has more impact than boring tourist shots. Working on a series gets you thinking.
SHOOT WITH A CONSCIOUS EYE
Interesting juxtapositions of life are all around you. Keep your eyes peeled. If you are looking for interesting stuff you’ll start to see it. See that Muslim woman handing out flyers for erotic massage? The homeless man on the mobile phone? The glass skyscraper towering behind the 250-year-old church? Think about what you are seeing and what it means.
Try to make visually complex images by layering images with content, whether conceptually or aesthetically. The Statue of Liberty is beautiful, but a monkey could shoot it. Put it in context with other stuff – a sunburnt family from Nebraska, or some recent migrants who are emotional as they see the statue for the first time.