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8 lessons I have learned shooting

8 lessons I have learned shooting

I love reviewing what I have learned and trying to pull the key points together.   I have a folder where I keep some of my older pictures that I really like that have taught me something.   I was reviewing them tonight and remembering these sessions.  As photographers we don't really have single huge lessons we learnt but rather our learning is accretive and our knowledge is a collection of small lessons we have learnt.  I have also pulled together what I learnt from daily shooting HERE and the theory of how I shoot HERE.

Lesson #1

Try to shoot from a vantage point.  Whenever I am at a protest, or a large gathering...I try to make my way to the highest point to capture the scene.  I am also always looking to get on top of building to capture where ever I am.

Shoot from height

Shoot from height

Lesson #2

Bring your camera everywhere.  I caught these next two shots when running to the grocery store one day and came upon a festival...

Samurai

Samurai

Laterns

Laterns

Lesson #3

Pay attention to details... Shoot flowers will help you to do that as every imperfection will show up especially when shooting macro.

Focus on the detail

Focus on the detail

Focus on the detail

Focus on the detail

Lesson #4

Look down, look around.  It is so often when people are looking for the best subject it can be behind them, above them, below them.   I found this left on the ground while looking for something to shoot at a temple near my house.

Look down

Look down

Lesson #5

Get up early!    As I mentioned in my posting about LIGHT last week, sometimes the best times for lighting aren't the most convenient times for people.   I had to get up at 4:10am to capture this sunrise on the Central Highlands in Vietnam but have a great memento of a trip me and my Dad took together.

Get up early

Get up early

Lesson #6

Experiment and try new things with your camera.   I tried a couple of long exposures leaving my camera on my car's dashboard.    I got what I think are some neat photos.

Try new things...

Try new things...

Lesson #7

Always be ready.  I have gotten into a habit now of always making sure I have a proper exposure, or close to it, even when the camera is around my neck or over my shoulder.  Nothing is worse than seeing a scene unfolding and trying to figure out what ISO setting or what aperture is going to work best.   I just barely caught this scene in India as I was driving to a meeting.  It completely summed up my trip to see a heard of homeless cows charging down the highway at us.  I wish I was a little more prepared for the shot.

Be ready

Be ready

Being ready paid off when I saw this bike at a stop light in Shinjuku a few weeks later...

Ready

Ready

Lesson #8

Be patient... Sometimes you might need to wait 5 or 10 minutes for a subject to come into a shot but sometimes it is so worth it.

Be patient

Be patient

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