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Photography Everyday Volume I Issue 01   Print  E-mail 
Written by Fotomall Staff  
Monday, 16 August 2004

Take Your Camera and GO!

You�re busy, always on the go. You have a job, or a business, plus there are always those important errands you have to run and things you have to do. Maybe you have kids that take dance lessons or soccer practice. Maybe you need to pickup that dry cleaning or go to Costco for socks or get the car new tires. But in the back of your mind, sometimes, you remember your love of taking photographs, but you shake it off thinking you don�t have time. Maybe when you retire.

 

Not so. You do have time; you just need to discover it...

 

All around you, every day, there are opportunities to keep your photographic skills up. For example, during your lunch hour at work, there may be flowers and trees around your business park just waiting to be photographed. A fallen leaf of striking red on the blacktop in the parking lot can make a dramatic fall image, and you don�t have to go to Vermont in October to get that shot. How about those shadows from the trees on the ground? Maybe the chrome on that Harley in the handicap space can make a cool abstract (or proof�). The lines and windows of your building, a spider making a web between the railings, a co-worker lost in thought � all these things can be the making of a strong photograph, if you take the time to discover them.

 

Remember that you don�t have to have that camera around your neck to spot these opportunities; you can take a mental note and come back to it. The other night I passed a building with an old-fashioned, rotating neon sign. I didn�t have my camera at the time, but I made a mental note to come back another night. A few days later, I put my camera and tripod in the trunk before work and just made a quick stop at the sign after dusk. In the 20 minuets I stayed, learned much about night photography and had a lot of fun!

 

Taking the kids to their lessons or practice and staying to watch can be a great way to get some photography time in and support your kids. Practice your �quick draw� techniques at soccer practice. Notice how changing the ISO or shutter and aperture can produce different affects. Try panning your camera while your subject runs across the field, notice the affect. Practice framing and composition during the your child�s dance lessons. The results don�t have to be perfect, remember you are practicing. Your skills will grow and your photos will improve.

 

Here is your assignment this week; just notice photographic opportunities during your normal activities this week. You will be amazed at how many there are, and even more amazed at how easy it is to find them.
 
Erin Wishek
 
Last Updated ( Monday, 15 November 2004 )

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