Think before shooting. Think even before leaving the house or packing the gear. Instead of playing with statistics ("in 1000 shots there must be a keeper") I prefer to think what I want to achieve and how to achieve it. Analyze the conditions, anticipate what the conditions could be, plan and make up your mind before you start. If necessary, read up, google, check other pictures, ask here... During shoot: be your sharpest critic. If the picture is only so-so, press the trash bin icon on your camera. The beauty of digital media is not being able to 'gun down anyhow' any object but rather to review on spot and repeat to achieve a better result.
The first time I went out to shoot with just a camera, I return with hundreds of shots. Practically all (cept' one or two) are plain crap. That's ok. Nowadays, I probably take between 30-40 shots for each weekly session. Even less consider that I take 2 or 3 shots with slight variations of the same scene and pick the best "just in case". Using a prime and a tripod really slows down the pace, allowing more time to think and look.
Go home, review the pictures and see where to improve, like composition, approach, timing, etc. Visualize how the improved scene will be like. Try again next time. I still find mine pretty crappy, but less crappy than before.
Borrow loads of photography books and see how the experts do it. Most important is to enjoy and have fun!
"There are people in here whom I listen to carefully (to the point of stalking them ) and there are some whom I would gladly thank for their comments but take things in stride."
Btw I still haven't figured out how to properly shorten the length of a pics when I do perspective correction. If you doing the PP outing, pls demo, ok? I like the way you use the O of the S'pore Flyer to correct length though.
Last edited by wildcat; 15th June 2010 at 12:54 PM.
D7000. AF-S 18-105
I wonder whether because of layers but I open a new jpeg without layers, it's still greyed out. Hmmm
Don't worry, you won't even know I am stalking you unless you start sneezing unstoppably. In which case, disclaimer first that it's not me who is saying bad things about you.
Just my favourite 3 pointers which I have not recited for a LONG time...
Read more (about all the points you need to understand, believe me there is a LOT)
SHOOT more (keep shooting and practising and trying out the points you have read, keep experimenting)
POST MORE (to get feedback and make sure you have a open mind about the critiques and pointers you receive)
Knowing what you don't know is the first step to learning. I dunno who quoted it first but I just made that up
I regularly use Google Earth to assess the shooting location. Check out the orientation and know whether to go in the morning or afternoon.
If you need to shoot from an elevated position, you'll know which HDB block or multi-storey car park to shoot from.
Save you plenty of time and energy.
Thank you evryone , i feel welcomed !!!!!
I am more of a manual person , i shoot films .... my preference ... As for locations , I travel around singapore everyday coz i am a delivery driver .... All ur advice will be taken into consideration and yes , as for books , man , its been a while since I read an 'ACTUAL' book.... thank u alll