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March 01, 2011


practice, practice, practice…then you can soar

I’ve been told by many of photographers to shoot and shoot often.  As the old saying goes, “Practice makes Perfect”.  Well, that is partially true.  If  you shot with the lens cap on all the time, then no matter how often you shoot, your images will always be underexposed…or should I say, un-exposed.

Instead, as was taught by our Sensei (teacher) it should be stated “Perfect Practice makes Perfect”.  Meaning, try to get it right in camera, which will decrease your time in post and increase your success rate of “keepers”.  In the beginning there will be many shots that you will not like; however, as time and practice ensues, you will have more and more shots in you keeper folder.

After your shoot, download them and review them.  If there is something that you find that isn’t correct, look online for alternative techniques to achieve the look you want.  With the World Wide Web, there is sooooo much information out there, from many different sources, that learning is endless.

Speaking of WWW, there are also many camera clubs and forums that can offer up suggestions.  Don’t take them as gospel, but only as suggestions.  What works for one person may not work for another.

Now take the techniques learned, and put them to practice.  Look at the difference after you’ve shot again, and see if there is more tweaking needed (in camera that is).  If you obtained the look that you envisioned, keep practicing it.  Some of your peers may or may not appreciate the look that you desired from the image…that’s okay.  We all see differently.  What really matters is that you enjoy the image as well as the process which led to the end result.

As mentioned earlier these are what works for me and if it works for you, that is awesome.  If not, there are many other photographer’s and shooting techniques/styles.


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