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I want some attention!
I want people to notice my photography.
I want my skills to be recognized.
It’s true isn’t it? We all crave attention.
You want your photographs to get noticed. I get it. So do I.
Photography is a challenging medium. No one will ever really master it completely. Like all art; it is constantly evolving.
When you think about “famous” photographers- for example: Avedon, Muench, Wolfe, Leibovitz, McCurry, Penn, Newton, Benson, Warhol, Newman, Bailey, Adams, Winogrand, and countless others… Had they completely mastered the medium? Or, did they simply get noticed?
Many world-renowned photographers will often say the medium cannot be mastered.
Is it conceivable that while Arnold Newman was shooting his world-famous portrait of Igor Stravinsky sitting at a piano- that perhaps Joe Middleclass conceived that same photograph, at the same time, in some un-exotic location?
Sure it’s possible. Getting noticed is where it’s at, especially in today’s online world. Getting noticed is what will elevate you, as a photographer, among your peers.
That brings me to a story that I really wanted to share with you, and that story initiated the thought behind this post.
For the last eight months, I have been very active on a photography “contest” website. They have ongoing contests, and you can enter as many as you want. As you attain a certain number of votes in a contest- you can earn an achievement, which adds up to your “rank” within the community.
- Claim Your Free Camera Craft Cheat Sheet
Print it out and keep it for when you really need it - when you're out shooting!
I started doing this for fun, but it quickly turned into an obsession.
(That’s what my wife calls it.) It became my personal goal to earn the highest rank possible. Yes, I wanted my photographs to be noticed.
Many of you, that are active on the forums here on Lightstalking.com, probably are at least familiar with my name. For those that aren’t- I take my photography very seriously. I’ve been doing it a long time. I worked as a professional photographer for a number of years.
One of my favorite aspects of the photographic medium is composition.
Oh man… I can rattle on about composition at length.
But, I digress.
You want to know why the color RED made me a better photographer
Take a good look at this-
you can check out those books here.)
You would think- that I would have easily known what I’m about to reveal to you. But, I didn’t. It didn’t click…
I cannot take complete credit for the ‘realization’ that occurred as a result of my studying these contests.
I have to give partial credit to my wife- who also happens to be a graphic designer.
Here is what I noticed about the leader boards on these photo contests.
I said this to my wife over dinner one night:
“I’ve been studying the leaders on those photo contests, and I noticed something strange. Any image that has the color RED in it garners way more votes. It doesn’t even seem to matter whether the image is that good or not, or what the subject matter is!”
A few days after saying this to her, she wrote me an email. She had been doing some studying of her own about graphic design, and she came across an article about composition in graphic design.
Here is what she sent to me-
Warm colors advance into the foreground and tend to weigh more than cool colors, which recede into the background. Red is considered the heaviest color.
Red is Considered the Heaviest Color
While composition is nothing more than working with the psychology of the mind, the elements of a composition are similar to a road map or a puzzle- and each element has visual weight.
The more ‘weight’ an element of a composition has- the more likely a viewer will be drawn to it, linger on it, remember it, and react to it. (And I guess vote for it!)
Knowing that fact- and knowing that the color RED is the heaviest color- gives us a lot of visual clout. Wouldn’t you say?