Creating a Photograph vs. Taking a Photograph

My genre is Street/Urban photography. Therefore most of my photos are of City Life, NYC scenes. My only nature photos are of Central Park or one of the Botanic Gardens. I lean towards the quirky, gritty and grimy. The underbelly of the City along with it’s Grand CityScapes.

The Daily Post

A photo of Stars trails captured at Kalalau Lookout on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Star trails I captured at Kalalau Lookout on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”


— Elliott Erwitt

Who this post is for: Aspiring photographers or anyone who wants to learn how to take more creative photographs. No photo-editing software is required, just a desire to learn and experiment with your camera!

The world offers no shortage of amazing subjects and experiences to photograph. In 2017, it’s estimated that people will take nearly 1.2 trillion photos around the world. Many of these photos will be simple snapshots—photos defined as informal, taken quickly or spontaneously, and sometimes without thorough consideration of composition. In many cases, that’s all a situation calls for, but for many subjects it’s often prudent to dig a…

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