Learning to see

Two weeks ago, Roberto Valenzuela wrote a guest blog post on Scott Kelby’s blog briefly covering some of the ideas in his book Picture Perfect Practice on learning to see the small details that we photographer’s have to see. Since learning to see is something I know I need to work on, I immediately went and bought the Kindle edition.

a textured wall with a brick square

On Monday during my lunch break I began to read the book and almost immediately encountered the first exercise: to go photograph shapes in what I see. As an exercise, something like this is exactly what I needed so despite it being the hottest of the summer so far, I grabbed a camera and drove to town to walk around, look, and photograph.

A wooden square ornament on a wood wall

The exercise calls for looking for one shape at a time and trying to get 5–10 images of the shape. I must admit that I tried to stick to it but since other shapes also came along, I couldn’t resist the temptation. These two squares are the ones I’m most satisfied with as results of the walk. And of course, I couldn’t resist shooting some general street scenes as well.

A bicycle sign enclosed in a heart