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Hope everyone had a great weekend.. A couple of days ago I wrote a blog about using the app "SOL" to help plan your photo shoots. I also discussed the importance of using natural light supplied during golden hour to elevate your photography. Since my posting I received numerous requests for other helpful photography tips. As a result, I thought it would be fun to discuss the importance of timing. In photography timing is everything whether you are photographing a fashion model or a magnificent whale breaching the surface of the water. Great timing results in awesome photographs and bad timing generates poor to average images.
In photography we try to capture beautiful moments and gestures that will speak to our audience. Being prepared to make an image is key principle in photography. All too often I see people walking around parks, along trails, wildlife reserves or even watching their kids play with their big expensive cameras and completely unprepared to capture a fleeing moment. They will undoubtedly have their cameras powered off to conserve battery life and their lens cap securely attached. If this describes you and your photography then I beg you to break this habit. Carry extra batteries with you so don't have to worry about conserving battery life and for heavens sake keep your camera powered on at all times, Moreover, have your camera settings prepared ahead of time so that when beautiful moment occurs all you have to do is focus on the subject and hit the shutter. Lastly, keep the lens cap in your back pocket until you are done for the day. Lenses are more resilient than what you think, so stop worrying about scratching them. Having a lens cap on your camera is equivalent to asking a hunter to have his/her trigger lock attached to their gun while hunting, It simply makes no sense. This simple tip alone will dramatically improve your photography. Remember only fractions of a second separates a beautiful and engaging photograph from wasted moment.
I thought it would be fun and helpful to give some examples of where being prepared helped my photography.
This beautiful home room decor print was taken along the riverbank in the quaint town of Stratford, Ontario Canada. On this particular morning I had arrived on the riverbank of the Avon river long before sunrise. As I sat there along the edge of the riverbank this beautiful swan swam ashore and stopped momentarily in front of me and because I was prepared to make a photograph I was able to capture this beautiful moment in time. Seconds later the swan got frightened and the moment was gone.
In this photograph I was in Port Dover, Ontario and notice a large number of ducks on the edge of the wharf. After spending several minutes of photographing them and not being happy with the outcome I decided to carry on with my walk. Moments later I noticed the birds had taken flight and were flying straight towards me. Instinctually I raised my camera and started photographing these beautiful birds as they glided along the lake. Again this moment was captured because my camera was on and I had already chosen my camera settings so that I would ready for unexpected.
On The Edge
This is my last example. I made this beautiful photograph of the butterfly a couple of years ago while visiting a butterfly conservatory. Photographing in a public place is rarely ever easy. It is even tougher in a butterfly conservatory as you are constantly battling a number of variable outside of your control such as the butterfly movements, other people with cameras, people walking into photograph, kids running around excitedly bumping into you, and parents talking loudly trying to gain the attention of their very excited children. As a result of this chaos you need to be ready to capture a moment at all times otherwise you will miss the opportunity.
By simply being ready to make a photograph you will see your photography improve leaps and bounds. This is not to say that you will successfully capture every moment that you attempt. You are still going to have photographs that are blurry or poorly exposed but more importantly you will start to capture beautiful gestures that before were lost. It is a small step but an important one at that.
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