Amanda Lee
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The Secret to Epic Photos

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

Do a little dance, make a little twist, get down in Snug Harbor.

Do a little dance, make a little twist, get down in Snug Harbor.

Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, where art thou Ernest Hemingway?

Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, where art thou Ernest Hemingway?

When you find a spiral staircase and you're in heels. Sit down.

When you find a spiral staircase and you're in heels. Sit down.

Puerto Rico, everything that the light touches is yours.

Puerto Rico, everything that the light touches is yours.

The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi is sort of a big Abu Deal.

The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi is sort of a big Abu Deal.

San Juan, Puerto Rico and it's gorgeous buildings on cobble stone streets.

San Juan, Puerto Rico and it's gorgeous buildings on cobble stone streets.

There's a wrong way to take an Eiffel Tower photo and then there's this.

There's a wrong way to take an Eiffel Tower photo and then there's this.

The road that leads to home.

The road that leads to home.

This KeyWest theatre had me looking to my future.

This KeyWest theatre had me looking to my future.

Paris rain can really do a number on an umbrella.

Paris rain can really do a number on an umbrella.

At the top of the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa

At the top of the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa