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Photographing Doors

Updated on November 20, 2013
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Behind door number 1,2 or 3 is a theme that can be applied to many things in our lives. From which door to pick in a game or which literal door we choose to open in the choices that we make throughout our lives.

Everything we do ultimately brings on consequences which we may regret later in life or bask in our wise choice of "doors".

The project features two parts. The first part is to capture images of doors and the second are the results of having chosen any one particular door which in turn is a representation of a choice we made at any one time.

For the first part; the doors, you should try to capture images of unique doors that stand out as good images on their own. Close ups of the handle, keyhole and other features are OK so long as the image is clearly that of a door.

The best ones are usually those that show signs of weathering, are very elaborate or unique in any one way.

These will be what your audience will see at first when they first come upon your project and these images should be eye catching in order to make your viewers want to see beyond them and explore the choice that lies behind each door.

However, if you find doors that are pleasing to look at, record their images no matter if or not they show the effects of weather or are ornate. These doors are just the first part, the main images or the images that will make your audience stop and think are those that stand for a choice. Pay extra attention to these photographs.

When capturing images of doors try to isolate them. Nothing much outside of the the door should be visible.

The second part involves simply capturing images that are a representation of a path taken such as a college degree, a mate chosen for life, a job offer taken or not taken, the choice of careers and starting a family.

When capturing these images encompass enough to relay the message and keep any potential distracting elements away from the scene. The message should be clear and concise from the first moment someone looks at the image. If your audience has to start guessing as to what it is you are trying to show, they may lose interest very quickly.

There are many images that can be used but just as you should pay close attention in your door images, so should you be in choosing images that will "stand" behind each door choice.

Be very choosy in which images you select to be the ones that stand in place of a life choice. These must be very striking in their subject selections and also be very pleasing. These are the ones that, like said before, will make or break the total concept.

Your images must make a viewer think back about their own choices and wonder the many what ifs of life as well as keep them focused on these photographs wondering in silence how would their lives have been if they had done this instead of that.

If you can accomplish this then you can rest assured that the theme and your own choices as they relate to your images was a total success.

Keep in mind that although your images must be striking enough and pleasant to look at, often the simplest ones make the strongest points.

Look for a message and ask yourself if the image that you are about to take really shows your intended meaning and if it fits the theme well enough to use.

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      Richard-Murray 5 years ago

      The first one is best for me:)

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Lynn; Thank you

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      Interesting concept for photography. Doors. I like that.