Sunday, June 10, 2007

06/10/07: What's on your wish list?

No, I'm not talking about your B&H wish list (though I'll have to confess one time I clicked on "purchase this list" for my B&H wish list and it came to the small grand total of twenty-eight thousand dollars...and some change!). Today I'm talking about your photo wish list!

What great photos do you want to take? Why not make a list? I've read that many travel / nature / landscape photographers make lists of shots they intend to take long before they embark on their journey to capture the images. They create these wish lists by doing their homework about the location / subject they intend to photograph. Even if you are a wedding photographer and you know you can fill out a list of typical wedding shots with your eyes can still create a list of the type of shots you would like to capture just by knowing a little about the wedding ceremony location, time of day (for lighting purposed) and some of the dynamics of the wedding party and guests. For example...if a bride mentions to you that she is getting married at the same church her grandparents were married in -- assuming they are both able to attend the ceremony you are going to photograph -- make sure you get a picture of the grandparents while you are at the church. Sure, you intend to take a picture of the entire family -- but make a note to get one of just the grandparents.

So start thinking about the shots you want to take (or practice on)...make a list of when and where you intend to take these images. And then see how creative you can get with your lists from both a client perspective and even just an editorial (just shootin' for fun) perspective.

And then be sure to post back on Daily Photo Tips with your success stories!

Keep getting better -- every day!

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Blogger Richard said...

Not only should you make a list of subjects you would like to take but when you go out to photograph don’t just go out to the park and see what jumps out at you but go to the park with one or two targeted ideas in mind. This will help your eye/mind focus on that subject and help weed out the other distractions. For example, don't go to the local amusement park to “take pictures” because you will have sensory overload. But if instead you go there to take pictures of children eating ice cream, or couples enjoying the carnival games you are more focused and will notice more picture opportunities. I was first introduced to the idea of going out with a targeted subject in mind from the book On Being a Photographer by David Hurn & Bill Jay.

7:17 AM, June 16, 2007  

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