Focus and The Art Photographer

By Matthew Bamberg / Jun 6, 2013
If you photograph architecture stick with it until your an expert

Catch yourself hanging out a cafe sipping a double non-fat latte? Wearing black? Maybe you don’t yourself, but find someone who does. Definitely take the opportunity to photograph him/her or take a self-portrait if you do.

Most important of all, don’t judge yourself as a non-creative person just because you don’t fit the stereotypical mode. Moreover, if you do, might as well camp it up. I mean you only live once.

If you do have an interest in being the real thing, consider what you like, not what someone else does. As an art photographer be assured that you can like whatever you want, photograph anything you like and carry yourself anyway you please.

If colors turn you on, photograph them in every which way–muted, sparkling, brilliant, subdued. Shapes and forms got your goat? Take them in in all of their splendor from gnarled trees to inch worms up-close.

Whether you’re a street photographer or work in a studio, keep in mind that what separates you from the classical masters of any era from Stieglitz to Evans and Model to Adams is your practice, motivation and talent. Yes, in that order.

If you pick up a camera once a week, your photographs are bound to be mediocre no matter how good what camera you use. Practice every day with enthusiasm and a dash of talent and you’ll be on your way to a successful career.

Add to this, extensive knowledge of your subject and you’ll pass those who are generalists because you’ll be devoted to a focused genre, be it landscapes or architecture.

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).