My name is KEVIN STOOHS and I've taken photographs since before the advent of digital photography. I learned my photography skills by developing my own film and spending countless hours in the darkroom. It was always important to plan out your shot and take many different exposures to make sure you captured the shot. I believe there are four important aspects for every professional photographer to understand, Texture, Lighting, Color and Composition. Make beautiful photographs with a little TLCC.
TEXTURE can convey a variety of different emotions. Every material and surface has its own visual texture and needs to be taken into consideration before creating a composition. A good way to create an eye-catching texture is to start with an object that has good contrast and illuminate it from the side. Establish a good distance where your texture retains enough detail. Pay close attention to your exposure, avoiding over exposed images will give you more flexibility in post production.
LIGHTING is the most important technical aspect of any photograph. Cameras, lenses, and everything else are completely irrelevant unless you have good enough light to create a good photo. The correct lighting can set the mood and highlight your subject for a more dynamic photograph. Studio lighting gives you the most control and just by moving around your lighting you can achieve many different results. Natural lighting is much harder to control mostly relying on mother nature. The best times of the day to shoot are sunrise and sunset which many photographers call the "Golden Hour" or "Magic Hour".
COLOR can be used in many different ways and its important to understand what it will do to a composition. Color can help tell the story and communicate on an emotional level. An overall color or tone can evoke an emotion or set the mood where as an accent of color can help tell a story. Color and light usually work together. Light can control color and dictate how strong or weak it is in a composition. If you shoot during the golden/magic hour your colors will take on that overall tonal glow. In the studio you can use light to accent colors from different angles.
COMPOSITION is one of the first and most important element to evaluate before releasing the shutter. Composition is the organization of elements in the photograph in relation to the other elements. An even flow throughout the frame is what you're looking for. Some photographers use a grid in their viewfinder to help them map out a good composition. The trick is to move yourself into position and not rely on the camera or lens to do the work. Avoid zooming and change your position to achieve the best composition.