Monday, April 1, 2013
Break The Rut
When you hit rock bottom, there’s only one direction in which to go and that’s up.
Work A Different Angle: Break away from the obvious composition. You've shot thousands and they all look the same. If the standard photographic rule says that A+B equals C for a given situation, try using a D in place of A or B. For instance, in portraiture, the "rule" says the subject should be looking at the camera. If you like taking images of people, break away from this rule and photograph the subject from behind, from the side, from above or below, with a skewed horizon, or any other option you can think of that deviates from your standard compositions. Anything and everything goes. Press the shutter, even if you think it may not work. If it's a bust, the delete key is a mouse stroke away.
Use A Point and Shoot: Realize that every time you press the shutter, you don't have to create a masterpiece. In other words, have some fun out there. Leave the SLR at home. Go out for a walk with a point and shoot and snap away as if you just bought the camera and everything before you is a new subject. Don't be self-conscious about looking silly, if you lay down on the sidewalk, to try a close-up shot of your neighbor's lawn. There is nothing in front, to your side or behind you, that shouldn't be photographed. So, what if it's a snapshot, you're having fun. On one of my photo tours to the Tetons and Yellowstone, I used my point and shoot to make some wildlife shots, instead of using my standard equipment. I chuckled when I heard the simulated point and shoot shutter sound. But, I was having fun. What blew me away was the quality of the photos. So, for the rest of the morning, I used it right alongside my SLR and had one of the most memorable shooting experiences in a long time.
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