One of my professor’s lived by the motto of K.I.S.S. – “Keep It Simple, Student”
It was something we all sort of washed over at the time. We had brand new DSLR’s, a brand new city to explore, and we wanted to try as many new angles and techniques as we could think of.
There are pros and cons to this. Trying new things is great, but you also need to know when to pull back and focus on the basics.
I ran into a K.I.S.S. situation this afternoon while photographing a shoe repair shop owner doing some work in the back room of the store. At first glance, the room had a lot going on and a lot of ways to visually play.
I tried shooting through the storage for all of his tools.
But, when it all comes down to it, none of these read well. The large ceiling light protrudes through his head at almost every low angle. The lack of light in the room meant I had to shoot almost wide open, and their wasn’t enough depth of field for the tools to read as a result, and the pile of shoes obscured what he was doing with his hands too much.