THE PATH IS SOMETIMES LONG – PART VI: What Should I Photograph?

Once you’ve picked up your camera and realized your passion for photography, you will almost immediately begin to grapple with this question: What should I photograph? 

My short answer is this: EVERYTHING!

My first and deepest photography love is landscape photography.  Think about it for a moment.  Landscape photography always requires travel.  Even if it isn’t very far, you are required to seek out beautiful places and then you are required to travel to that site in order to capture its magnificent beauty.  Question: Where’s the downside to that scenario?  (Stay tuned for more insight into that question)

When I began my photography journey, my camera was always by my side.  Every place I visited, I photographed.  After a while, I began to add people to my landscape images.  I couldn’t help but notice the people around me and how interesting it was to watch their activity.  My natural instinct was to capture their activity and emotion.  Without being too invasive and even asking permission at times, I began to capture people in their natural daily routines.  It added an element of intrigue and gave me something to do while waiting for the perfect lighting moment to capture my landscape image.  In order to gain the perfect perspective for a sunset capture, oftentimes I would set up hours before the sun would actually descend into the horizon.  Naturally, during that time I would notice and ultimately begin to photograph the people while I was waiting.

Believe me when I say, “If photography is truly your passion, then you will not be able to stop capturing images.”  I was shooting a graduation ceremony this past weekend, and believe it or not, I actually found myself capturing images of the light fixtures during the down time because they seemed intriguing to me.  Trust me…you cannot stop yourself.

Here are a few shots from one of my recent portrait photo shoots:

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A great tip when shooting outside in bright sunlight: Use a large umbrella to shade your model to prevent squinting and sun glare.  Simple, but very effective.

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But, I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s get back to the roller coaster ride of photography.  We were last seen screaming down the first vertical drop…hands high in the air and our breath escaping to the exhilaration of the downward plunge!  But what comes next will shock you!

 

 

 

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~ by photographyfree4all on June 19, 2013.

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