…and while you’re at it…

March 22, 2010

Photo Tips

This past week I sold three large canvases from my website. The interesting thing about this is not that I actually earned a decent bit of professional income, but rather, all three of the images were “afterthoughts”.

Generally, when I head out to shoot, I have an agenda, an assignment, or a particular image that I feel I need to capture. My routine is to scope out the shot, determine the lens, and then figure out my desired camera settings. I’ll often work for about 30 minutes or longer on a particular scene (especially when waiting for the wind to stop, or a cloud to pass by). All too often I am guilty of packing up my camera once my shot is in the bag. Occasionally though, I kick myself into the artistic mode and just ask, “what other cool images can I make as long as I am here with my camera?” This is often when something magical can happen.

So here’s a bit of advice: When you think you are done shooting, just sit for a minute; take a deep breath, and throw away all your pre-conceived ideas about what photos you intended to make. Start fresh with a new concept and keep the camera out for just a few more frames. Play with a new technique; shoot from an odd angle — heck, you are already there with your camera, so take advantage! The additional extra images you capture “on the side” might pay off big down the road, as they did for me this past week!


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Randy is owner of Hawaii’s oldest fine-art photography gallery. He left the world of corporate & medical photography behind 20 years ago to realize his dream of becoming a professional camera artist. He is an avid outdoorsman who proclaims, “My tent is my castle, and my kayak is my limousine.” You can visit Randy’s website at http://www.randyjaybraun.com/

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One Response to “…and while you’re at it…”

  1. Jim Sugar Says:

    I use a similar “mantra.” After I have worked on a shot or situation, I ask myself “What haven’t I seen?” Change the lens, change the angle, change the light, but change something. On many occasions, the answer to that question produces a better shot than what I went after in the first place.


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