SHORT STREET PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS | BIG COLORED WALL
Last night while I was scrolling Facebook feed, this photo jumped off the page.
It was on photographize page, and it has a lot of likes. People seem to admire and enjoy in this kind of pictures regularly. Even I have one similar picture that everywhere I posted it got great feedback. Here is the picture.
It was also a picture of the week on Sony Award page. There are a few reasons why people like images like this. They are simple, colorful, and they surely stand out in the sea of complex, poorly composed and meaningless snapshots.
So, let's break it. Obviously, you need a big, single colored wall. Then you need nerves and time and patience to wait long enough to catch the person in front of that wall in the same (or similar) color of the wall. That's essentially that. Here is a quick preview of how underlying design of both work.
A relatively small human figure, against the big single colored wall. Place the figure somewhere near the "rules of third" line. If you catch, as I had in my image, two balanced elements (old truck&old lady) that have some interconnection, that's a bonus.
So, next time you see some big, single color wall, pull out your camera, wait for a while, and take your chances. Who knows, maybe you'll win the Sony Award.
And don't be backed off from this cheap trick, even the great street photography names use it all the time.
PEACE & LIGHT