WHAT TO DO IF A PHOTOGRAPHY OPPORTUNITY FAILS:

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THIS STORY HAPPENED TO ME:

SO, HERE IS THE SCENARIO:  YOU HAD PLANS TO GO UP IN THE MOUNTAINS TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE FALL COLORS.  TO BE SPECIFIC, YOU WANT THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF THE “QUAKING ASPEN” MIXED IN WITH THE PINE TREES.  YOU KNOW, THE BEAUTIFUL YELLOW LEAVES, MIXED IN WITH THE DEEP GREEN COLORS OF THE PINE TREES.  AND THEN WHEN YOU GET THERE, YOU FIND THAT, BECAUSE OF AN EARLY COLD STORM, THE QUAKING ASPEN REACTED TO THAT, AND DID NOT TURN YELLOW, BUT AN UGLY BROWN, AND JUST DROPPED THEIR LEAVES TO THE GROUND, AND EVERYTHING WAS UGLY:

I was hoping for beautiful colors and a wonderful day of photography up in the mountains. But, I was very disappointed in the results.

OK, SO YOU DROVE OVER AN HOUR TO GET THESE PHOTOS, AND YOU DON’T WANT TO WASTE YOUR TIME, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

TIME TO GET OUT AND “CREATE YOUR OWN SUCCESS”.  LET’S WALK AROUND AND FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO TAKE PICTURES OF.  YOU DO HAVE A FEW TOOLS IN YOUR BAG, LET’S TRY SOME CREATIVE WORK, WITH A LARGE TELEPHOTO LENS:

The trees were put on this earth to take pictures. I found it fascinating to find these trees that just were all twisted and deformed, but still healthy and continue to grow.

LOOK CLOSELY AROUND YOU AND FIND YOUR OPPORTUNITY:

Ok, so the trees in a scenery mode didn’t turn out, but as you start to wander around you notice that there are some interesting photo opportunities around you. Look at the trees, and notice the interesting things about them. Close-up opportunities await as well:

Fascinated by the bark of this tree. The leaves surrounding it just added to the photo shoot.

FIND SOME CLOUDS IF POSSIBLE:

TOO MANY TIMES WE LOOK FOR THE SCENERY, WHEN SOMETIMES THE CLOUDS, OR THE SKY MAY BE THE MAIN SUBJECT IN OUR LANDSCAPE PHOTOS.  THERE ARE A LOT OF PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO MAKE A LIVING FROM GETTING THE BEST OF THE CLOUDS.  MAKE SURE YOU USE YOUR POLARIZING FILTER TO GET THE BEST OF CLOUDS, AND A RICH BLUE SKY, LIKE THIS ONE:

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For more information about how well a polarizing filter works, CLICK HERE

BUT DON’T EVER FEEL LIKE YOU GOT TO SOME PLACE, AND THE PHOTOS YOU WANTED AREN’T THERE.  JUST LOOK FOR ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE SOME PICTURES OF SOMETHING ELSE.  YOU ARE A PHOTOGRAPHER WITH THE EYE TO LOOK FOR SOMETHING ELSE THAT MAY BE ARTISTIC!  A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW, EVEN IF THE ORIGINAL OPPORTUNITY DID NOT ARISE.  KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR NEW THINGS.  

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NEVER MISS A GREAT PHOTO AGAIN:

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I AM GUESSING ALMOST EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER, AT LEAST SOME POINT IN THEIR PHOTOGRAPHIC CAREER, IS KICKING THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE THEIR CAMERA READY WHEN SOME INCREDIBLE SHOT HAPPENED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM, AND THEY MISSED IT !  AM I RIGHT?  I THINK EVERY ONE DOES THAT AND THEY LEARN QUICKLY HOW TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE THEY DON’T MISS SO MANY OF THOSE AGAIN.

LET’S LEARN SOME STEPS SO THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN:

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1- Have your camera bag ready to get the camera out quickly:

If you have your camera in a camera bag, then make sure it is ready for a quick grab. Have it ready with automatic exposure settings, and lens caps off, etc. If you are in a crowd, make sure you keep track of your camera by having the top lid closed. I would suggest to get out of the crowd for security reasons. Crowds are when you most likely will have your camera stolen.

2- Always have an extra battery on hand:

I have never seen a good photographer without an extra battery. You know your battery will go dead when you are taking a photo of something you want. It will be the million dollar photo if you miss it because of a dead battery. Just get one.

3- Avoid the dirty lens

One of the biggest challenges we all face when using our cameras is to make sure our lenses are perfectly clean. Every speck of dust or dirt will cause your photo to look blurry, distorted or even “down right nasty”. So, check your lenses often to make sure you have the best chance for a good photo..

4- Memory cards: Always have some on hand!

Whether you have a cell phone, or a regular camera, they all have their limitations. Granted, it is better than the old film days, when you 12, 24, or 36 exposures. But that camera kept track of it better than your digital system. You just never know when you run out of memory.

Never go without having an extra card for memory. I always try to have a “few” in my bag.

5- IS YOUR EXPOSURE SETTING READY TO TAKE A PHOTO?

An overexposed forest

If you want to capture a photo fast, the best thing to do is to have everything on automatic. If you want to be the one to take a photo in manual setting, make sure you have the time to get that right. Also, there is shutter speed priority, or aperture priority mode that will help you out if you are trying to get a special effect.

6- Watch out for lens caps, or filters that may be on your lens

Oops, my lens cap is on.

How many seconds do you lose when you find out your lens cap is still on, or a filter you had on it from a previous shot? This has always been a killer for most photographers.

ONE LAST IDEA:

One last thing:  I have a photographer friend who is a professional wildlife photographer.  Wildlife photography is truly an art.  And you have to be ready at the spur of the moment to be able to grab the right camera, with the right lens at the right time to get the right photo.  I have a photo of him as he goes out to take photos in the wild.  Look at him and his equipment, and notice how he has several cameras equipped with a different lens and how he has them all ready to grab at any time he wants to get the shot he wants.  You want to become a professional wildlife photographer?  Yeah, this is what you need to become:

I love to see a true professional photographer at work. It always reminds of what it will really take to be a great photographer.

To see some of the photos that Rob has taken as a wildlife photographer, go to: ROBS WILDLIFE .

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3 WAYS PHOTOGRAPHY CAN EASE ANXIETY :

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With the Covid that is going on, it has certainly caused stress in everyone’s life. There are a lot of other things going on now that make it hard to cope with everything we do all day.

A recent study found that it is possible to lessen the effects of anxiety through ART THERAPY. And photography is definitely an art.

1. Perspective

One of the key ways photography can ease anxiety is through perspective. In photography circles, perspective usually refers to the camera’s point of view. Perspective can also be used to describe the relationship between objects in an image.

The beauty of photography is that it can change visual experience – which in turn alters personal perspective.

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With an eye to the viewfinder, priorities can shift from the internal to the external. Energies are funneled into discovering and negotiating subject matter. A focus on composition and exposure stimulates a perceptible reach beyond mental distress. This and sustained visual-analysis distracts the mind which can loosen the grip of anxiety, improving perspective.

Getting out:

When anxiety strikes, the first instinct is to stay home, curl up in a ball, hide under the blanket, just wanting to isolate yourself. Photography should help by making you get out of the house, and photograph something you can get a different perspective on. Seeing different angles through the viewfinder will help you get a different perspective on life as well.

Most people who suffer from anxiety are advised to get out of the house. Go for a run, or a walk, get into yoga… something that gets endorphins happening. And for a good reason too: it’s proven that exercise propagates good mental health. But exercising while combating anxiety is easier said than done. That’s where photography comes in.

In addition, placing emphasis on the familiarity of the photographic process expands the comfort zone, making leaving the house a bit less daunting.

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3- Expression:

When Nicéphore Nièpce succeeded in making the earliest surviving camera-made photograph in 1826. He probably didn’t envisage the far-reaching impact his endeavor would have on the human transferal of information.

Nevertheless, as photography evolved, so too did the capacity for people to communicate ideas and experiences through the photographic image.

Because no two experiences are the same, anxiety can be hard to endure and even harder to explain. Many photographers, however, have found ways to channel their experiences within the photographic medium.

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Conclusion

Whether you are a seasoned photographer or just starting out, the ways photography can ease anxiety are far-reaching. From altering perspective to influencing motivation and cultivating expression, photography can ride with you through highs of mental health, and support you in the lows.


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