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A Quick Photography Tip for Creating Your Own Subject Matter

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Melissa Fague

Founder & Owner of: Pi Photography and Fine Art

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Art and Photography Writer


Subject matter is more than just the physical content that will be appearing in your photograph. It is also a mood, timing, context, and juxtaposition. The first thing I try to do is ask myself why am I taking this picture?

The answer may be a portrait of my friends or family, capturing the spontaneity of a child’s activity, a reminder of a place, document wildlife, or in most cases to create a piece of artwork. Asking this question allows me to focus on the end result rather than shooting a thousand photos. If I’m out photographing a planned shoot, my idea has already been worked over in my mind, I have researched the area, and have calculations based on the weather conditions of that day before I even arrive on site. Once there I evaluate the site and work my plan to the best of my ability. Once I have what I think I need then I explore the area more for other things that may catch my eye.  usually a particular element that caught my eye when I am out shooting study the surroundings.

As I grew stronger with my creative eye for composition I was able to foresee scenes that I would like to convert to Black and White, or add color processing to enhance the mood or atmosphere of the photograph. Another skill that I have noticed that has matured through practice is the ability to anticipate what is going to happen next and being ready to capture that moment.

I once read that “great subject matter is often the matter of noticing something that others don’t within a familiar setting.” Happy shooting and please check back or on our blog Pi Photography and Fine Art.


Article Credits: Melissa Fague

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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