|Posted by Soillarda|
I'd say the best shot of this place would simply be a close up of just the sign. Probably not even the whole sign, just the name and the one below so viewers will know that it was a doughnut and coffee shop. The only thing interesting about the site is the name--Peter Pan--so just focus on the unique part of it. No need for us to see the whole lot in this instance. I would go across the street and face it straight on, kneel down and zoom in on the sign while trying to keep everything else out of the shot except sky.
I'm a fan of old signs so that's where I would focus my efforts. Pay attention to composition and distractive elements as Soillarda pointed out. Try different angles and amounts of zoom.
When a site doesn't have much visual interest, then start shooting close ups. Look for interesting textures or colors. Look for contrasting elements and get them into the same shot. Something new / something old. Something in pristine condition / something smashed. Look for repeating objects.
This site didn't have much to offer, so I did a number of shots on this window.
This was an attempt at foreground / background composition.
Sometimes an interesting angle works. There was a pile of nuts and bolts on the ground so I set the camera to wide angle and placed the camera on the ground.
Lastly and I think very important, is to critically evaluate every picture you take. Take some time when you get home to review each picture and think about what you like and don't like in each picture. If you could retake the picture, what would you change? That starts to train your mind on what to look for when composing a shot.
I hope that gives you something to think about next time you are out shooting. Remember that a good photographer can take great pictures with just about any camera, so say focused on developing your technique. Abby