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Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« on: November 27, 2008, 05:51:41 PM »
Is there a way to create more "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?

Imagine you have a friend living in the States and you want to show him what the inside of a Jollibee outlet looks like in the Philippines. The average Joe would probably position himself in a random location, zoom all the way out in an attempt to cram as much of the interior into the frame as possible, and then take the shot. The result is an uninteresting photo of some unknown fastfood in the Philippines. Even worse there may be a long queue at the counter and lots of customers, so that the resulting scene is very busy.

How would you compose the shot so that your friend from the other side of the world would say "wow, I would love to go there some time!"

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Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2008, 07:59:46 PM »
always add a sexy babe! that always does the trick! ;D

I would say, find a photogenic jollibee outlet that is clean. don't stick with the one nearest you. The Jollibee somewhere in Urdaneta has this filipino theme as far as i can remember. There is one I can't remember the Jollibee branch where the morning sun hits the interior just as it rises and creates this beautiful effect inside.

men, halatang adik ako sa jollibee :o

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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2008, 08:09:25 PM »
I believe the best way to get "interesting" photos is to really be/show interest and curiosity in the subject with regards to taking its photo. You have to think "hmm what if I do this?" "what'll I get if i try this?". You have to break free from the "rules", not be afraid to make mistakes, and think there's no "proper" way to take photos. Experiment. Use blur, over/underexposure, destroy the rule of 3rds and such.

Good luck and more importantly, have fun :)

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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 01:07:49 AM »
Choosing the nicest jollibee outlet with the nicest lighting in the background with a compelling and dramatic subject would be interesting to recreate.  Watch jollibee commercials, i'm sure it will give good ideas.  Enjoy and the best of luck!

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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2008, 06:54:13 AM »
might i suggest telling a story through a couple of photos, use varying viewpoints, show the connection between the fastfood chain & its consumers, tease the viewer make them think.  :)
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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2008, 10:34:42 AM »
objects around us can be broken down into simple geometri shapes...you can start from that...some geometric shapes look good at certain angles

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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 12:05:19 PM »
I-try niyo po kumuha ng picture na hindi usually nakikita ng tao sa Jollibee. Hindi naman masama mag wide, pero dapat merong interesting na nangyayari. Try mo abangan yung Jollibee ng lunch time, yung tipong maraming pila. Tapos hingi ka permiso sa manager para gumamit ng ladder, tapos pitikan mo yung counter ala Larry Alcala comic strip. Parang ganun.

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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2008, 12:22:09 PM »
observe carefully the lighting and how it affects your subject. or in your case, check the time of day when the branch is well-lit and striking, usually early mornings or late afternoon.

post mo dito ha? hehe

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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2008, 12:36:35 PM »
I-try niyo po kumuha ng picture na hindi usually nakikita ng tao sa Jollibee. Hindi naman masama mag wide, pero dapat merong interesting na nangyayari. Try mo abangan yung Jollibee ng lunch time, yung tipong maraming pila. Tapos hingi ka permiso sa manager para gumamit ng ladder, tapos pitikan mo yung counter ala Larry Alcala comic strip. Parang ganun.

Be creative. Let your imagination run wild. Hehehe. Kaya enjoy photog eh.

Hahah naaliw ako dun ah. Example lang yung Jollibee pero parang gusto ko nga i-try yung suggestion mo :)

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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2008, 03:44:20 PM »
I once attended a children's party at Jollibee, Banawe St.  Ibang klase yun Jollibee character dun, nag hand-stand and ang galing sumayaw! Take a picture of that and send it to the U.S. Hindi kaya ni Ronald McDonald yun!  ;D   

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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2008, 05:33:39 PM »
Here are some ideas to make more interesting photos:

  • Look for a time of day when the light is most dramatic.
  • Shoot through a window.
  • Shoot at ground level.
  • Show motion blur using long exposure.
  • Using a wide aperture, focus on a nearby object and make everything else blurred.
  • Look for nice reflections.
  • Look for colorful objects.
  • Look for triangular shapes.
  • Take candid shots of laughing people.
  • Ask someone to create a big distraction and while you photograph the people's reaction to it.
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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2008, 09:55:06 PM »
use fisheye
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Re: Creating "interesting" pictures from "uninteresting" subjects?
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2008, 10:37:49 AM »
use fisheye

at the same time, use UWA....
pabor ako kay Marcossius, kaya lang, ewan ko lang kung makakuha ka ng permit, lalo na nka slr pa, xmpre lam nyo naman yung iba, akala kung ano na ang gagawin. but kung swerte na pinayagan ka ng manager, bigyan mo na lang ng print na pix kahit 1 lang, pra nmn matuwa kahit papano, hehe!!

suggest ko tlga, pag may nkita kang mga bata na oorder kuhaan mo sila, kung pde nga lahat sila naka smile, prang yung nasa mga commercials....
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