I haven’t been watching the tutorials you might expect, I’ve not watched many of the photography videos at all. Training videos that focus on photographic composition and process tend to assume you’re out in the wild taking shots of “found things” and scenes, and that’s not what I do at all. I create my scenes from scratch in the studio, and even when I photograph outdoors I have the photo I want in mind before I take it.
In a similar vein to Kristina’s post yesterday, I’ve found that looking outside of toys and even photography is proving quite beneficial in the quest for better photographs. I’ve gained a lot more benefit from watching the videos on graphic design, page layout, drawing animation, and colour theory that focus on the fundamental principles of creating pleasing things to look at.
A lot of design tips are universal, for example having a single point of focus in a design, or placing important elements to fit the boxes of the golden ratio. Some are a bit specific, but as a side-effect I also know a lot more about fonts and typography than I used to! Not immediately applicable to photography, but it’s never a mistake to learn something new.
Whether I can use these new skills in my photography remains to be seen, but it’s interesting to discover worlds outside of photography that can feed into the ideas for creating a photograph.