David Boag – Photographing Nature more Creatively

We welcomed back popular speaker David Boag, and with his inimitable style we were taken through the concept of where being creative needs to start – in the camera – not the editing software.

We have all witnessed the technically perfect image being scored lower than one less technically correct, but as David pointed out being ‘perfect’ can be pretty boring and repetitive to the viewer. Being creative is what separates a good photograph from a captivating one.

As always we were shown many images of David’s, and given many tips to stay out of the ‘boring’ zone, he felt that wild animals need space to breathe and be free, we as photographers need to be persistent – stop making up excuses not to capture creatively.

It was also pointed out that these days with digital cameras, photography actually isn’t difficult, we need to get re-enthused, we know to use the rule of thirds, have a good foreground etc, but the first most creative decision we make is our choice of lens – don’t always use the typical lens for the type of image and to get you thinking before clicking the shutter take 3 different images of the same subject – a good way to practice being creative.

As anticipated a motivating evening, David is always exhausting to watch and listen to.

Rachel Cooper

I have been a club member for several years now and find I learn something whichever club event I attend. I enjoy the Studio Group evenings, but equally am happy photographing whatever the surroundings provide at home and out and about.

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