April 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment


Some will talk about scouting where or what you want to photograph.  That is only the beginning.  Spending time looking at others ideas of what you want to shoot should not be what you shoot.  If you are going to a park it helps to check out the areas before you go.  Google maps will be a big help.  More important is what you want to shoot.  I went to Glacier in Montana.  I knew I wanted waterfalls and any wildlife I would encounter.  Wildlife is not something you can scout but hope for.  There are places to go and times of the year to improve your chances of getting a bear shot or the big migrations that narrow that time frame to encounter the types of wildlife you want to capture.  Waterfalls are always in the same place all day long.  You just have to decide when is the best time to be in front of that waterfall to make the best image you can.  Not much scouting?  I went back to the Silver Staircase multiple times trying to get a photo I liked.  I shot it from afar, up close and very tight.  I liked the tight shots the best and it took 5 times of going back.  The first time I got back after a day of shooting I thought about all the things I should have done and I went back and repeat.  This applies to any photographic opportunity.  You should be looking at direction of light, background of subject and time of day.  Maybe a trip back to those wildflowers will resolve any issues in your first encounter.  Sometimes it is not easy to do return trips.  The opportunity may not exist for some subjects come and go,  great distance or cost of the excursion makes it difficult.  When you can always take another opportunity.

I always do better the second time around.



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