|'Coffee on the Porch' 9x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis available here $175|
- Take time when you take reference photos. Many of us use our cameras just to record the scene especially if we consider ourselves just casual photographers with a point and shoot camera. If this sounds like you I challenge you to take a little extra time when taking photos. Think like a photographer and 'paint and compose' with your camera. Change your viewpoint...stoop down or get up higher...shoot a vertical...zoom in on just a part of the landscape...try your macro setting...play with the scene modes and see what they do. You don't need to be a pro photographer to take more interesting reference photos.
- Take your boring reference photos and crop them to find better compositions.
|My underpainting with my cropped reference photo clipped to my board|
|My View finder made of matboard|
So the next time you are flipping through your photos and nothing speaks to you....take out your cropping tool and look at those boring pictures in a new way!