When you're hyper-focused on achieving your goals, it can become easy to get stuck in a rut. Specialization and repetition are important for establishing your brand identity, but so is growth; in order to grow, you've got to challenge yourself. Whether it be by reading, observation, or attending educational sessions, it's crucial to step outside of your box every once in a while to see what else is out there.
One way to gain new perspective is to collaborate with and learn from others in your field; in our case, that means connecting with other photographers, writers, and creatives. In the past several months we've attended some valuable free photography events at Adorama and Sony Square in NYC, where we've gained knowledge and made connections with other photographers.
Yesterday Kyle and I joined talented photographer and Sony Alpha Collective member, Dave Krugman (pictured above), for a Depth and Composition photo walk hosted by Sony at Sony Square NYC. After getting inspired to add layers of depth to our photographs, we headed out into Madison Square Park to test out the technique. We have been fans of Dave's work since discovering him on Through The Lens: Cuba (which we watched to prepare for our own trip), so we were excited for the opportunity to shoot with him.
The premise of the exercise was to view either the foreground or background as a secondary subject and utilize it to add depth and perspective to the image. This technique is something that I had already developed a fondness for because I love the context that a slightly blurred object in the foreground adds. What I had not tried was shooting from behind a bush with our 200mm lens, which made me feel both super creepy and oddly exhilarated at the same time. Kyle focused on the foreground image in his shots, utilizing a blurred background to add context. By challenging ourselves and viewing the images of Dave and the other photo-walkers, we gained a new perspective.
Check out some of our favorite shots from the walk below (Kyle's are on the left, mine are on the right), and visit Sony Square for a list of upcoming events. What do you think of the technique?