I'm finally revealing my secret to amazing photos, a secret I came to realize only two days ago. After staring at my photos floating away on my apple tv, I noticed one consistency in a majority of my photos, the photos that I really love, the photos that I've received so many compliments on. That one major theme was that I wasn't looking at the camera.
We all know what the fourth wall in acting is, that space the actors ignore where the audience watches from. It's the only way to allow the audience in to feel like a fly on the wall. I think the same can be applied in photography as well. Yes, these are photos that I may want to show my future children and my present family but does that mean I should be looking into the camera's soul and smiling ear to ear? The answer is no.
Why does this make for an epic photo? It lets the viewer be part of the moment. This can range from a slight look off camera to a complete silhouette. I also like to incorporate movement but in my photos, I have a good mix of completely still and a bit of jumping and dancing.
All of the shots I chose as examples are relatively wide shots, allowing you to get a feel of the atmosphere. There are boring ways to post in front of landmarks, in city streets and gardens and then there are ways to make it fun and dare I say it, epic.
Next time you find yourself in front of a camera, look up, look down, turn around, get lost but don't forget to have fun!
All photos listed are courtesy of Austin Paz of Austin Paz Photography.