Photography is actually telling stories, so I recommend that you pay as much attention to content and thinking as possible when you look at photos and photographs. Even if you look at sugar film, you can understand the excitement and impulse of the photographer at that time. There are too many books to recommend, and the collection of masters is very expensive. I would suggest reading more works on human geography and art in various countries, which is very helpful to improve my knowledge and understanding of the subject. Simply put, it means seeing more. Observe the images of the masters and read their articles. Understand the mood and thoughts of the photographer when shooting. "Remember, the painter paints things into the picture, and the photographer removes something from the picture. A picture should have only one interesting center, and there can be no useless things on it. If you have doubts about whether an object can help the picture, you should give it up as much as possible. —— Willie Quick
A painter, on the contrary, adds what he sees, understands, imagines and thinks to a white cloth. He can choose not to draw useless information. By observing the existing things and digging out the thoughts and aesthetics in the real world, the photographer does not want the content of the picture. He needs to subtract and remove the interfering factors. The process of recording is to convey the photographer's own ideas. Of course, with the progress of technology in the later period, digital images can make photographers create works to express their ideas more freely. But then the boundaries between photography and digital art began to blur, and the distinction between them is not expressed here, but it is also true. The four basic elements of appreciation of photography art are: basic modeling factors, technical skills, artistic expression techniques and thematic ideas. Any photographic work can be analyzed from the above four angles, but beauty is not completely described by language or words. Sometimes you may not know anything, but this picture touches you, touches your heart, it is beautiful. For you, this is a good picture. The four elements mentioned above are of no importance to each other. Even if only one photographic work stands out, the remaining three are very poor, it can also be an impressive work. For example, documentary news photography and scenery photography, it is likely that the theme and story of the former are much higher than the latter, while the latter's aesthetic sense of light and shadow and technical skills are much higher than the former.
Less is more.
Many commercial photographers are skilled in techniques, using complex lighting effects, looking for models with perfect stature, and perfecting imperfections. To create eye-catching visual effects, for example, the following picture is technically 100 times more beautiful than the one below Diane Abes, which may bring us more impact on the body. And the following picture will let us follow the author to think. Picture below: Indian children praying before the statue in the morning, color, light and shadow constitute the picture language, with the text description completed the description and transmission of the picture story. (India: Rush Singh) The following two pictures, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breakfast News Award winning picture - Associated Press journalists co-shooting, war in Syria. The same country, maybe even the same nation. About the same time, quite different scenes, caused by the same reason. Diagrams and comparisons can sometimes greatly enhance storytelling and impact. There are no beautiful lights, no rigorous composition, and even some are not so clear. But the inner impact is undoubtedly deeper than those beautiful scenery. In Fig. 1, the photographer took this photograph from a shoulder-to-shoulder perspective in the crowd. First, the eyes were attracted by the tears-filled expressions of children. Uncle Scarf in the foreground showed us comforting arms to guide our eyes. What is the child looking up at? The soldiers on the border told us that this should be the pain of war. Picture 2 The photographer records the happy smiles and dark weapons of children and adults behind them from the standpoint of an onlooker. Can they imagine that what they have in their hands could create the scene in Figure 1?
In the absence of scenes and environments, the subject itself is also a rich story carrier. Giles Duley's self-portrait "The Beginning of the Story" was taken after some limbs were taken by Afghan mines. Good photographs attract viewers into the photographer's mind. The viewer wants to know what's going on and start thinking about it. The following three pictures can be said to be the works of Don McCunning, the greatest war/documentary journalist. Here we recommend his book Unreasonable Behavior. It may be sad to read it, and what you need to know is that it's a totally authentic record, not a novel. These dark things happen on the same planet. Below, South Golding's self-portrait of "I'm in bed with the Cross" was taken in 1988. By most standards, it's a failed work, with no focus on human beings. But only in combination with the background can we know that the author intends to do it. This picture shows the author's self-portrait in the drug rehabilitation center, which uses the lens to falsify his image to show his current dim and vague mental state. The cross and pillow behind the picture show two ways to seek self-redemption: the cross represents the spiritual pillar, and the drug rehabilitation center is now active. Holding the pillow's hand, we directed our eyes to the way she wanted to tell us about salvation. The next two pictures are from the Spring Festival by Yuqiao Qingshan. The rope net used for sports climbing has become a reflection of the girl's body, a semi-transparent student shirt, a vague pattern of underwear, a slightly open skirt waist and a loosened shirt collar. Erotic scenes use low contrast and plain tones to process the picture. I have to say that it is very vivid to achieve the feeling of "missing spring" that is green, obscure and fiery. In Fig. 2, the semi-wet short hair and a drop of water on the cheek are the dried water droplets just after bathing, accompanied by the fresh fragrance of the bath, or the sweat left after exercise? Exudes the youth body breath? I have to admit that Japanese photographers really have a good grasp of erotic themes. Mihara Kangzheng and Aramu Jing are the only ones who don't say anything about it. I am amazed by the fact that this 78-year-old fellow of Yamamoto Yuji holds this theme. Below: Dome Moon, in Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park. In California, 1960, the works of landscape master Ansel Adams. The founder of the classical theory of "regional exposure" in landscape photography is not to say much. Rigorous composition and perfect light ratio control. The Syrian photographs were so good that they couldn't bear to put only two and add another. Fig. 1: Scene type, the bloody and oily ground impacts the viewer's senses. The contrast of light and shade inside and outside and the depressing overcast tone make people realize that this is a tragedy. Fig. 2: The sad expression of a woman and the bandages and bloodstains on her face should be the double hurt of her body and spirit. That kind of look is absolutely what happens after she loses the important person or thing. Fig. 3 and 4: The light passing through the bullet hole forms a strong Dindar phenomenon beam in the room. AK47 and SVD, two war-torn frequent visitors, have appeared again. Notice that the eyes behind the gunman are strikingly similar. Both of the subjects are on the left. In Figure 4, the photographer uses the mirror in the environment to change his perspective, and even creates an illusion of shooting.