Not encouraging
Posted by aogThursday, 01 May 2008 at 21:28 TrackBack Ping URL

I saw this article on ‘21 ways to shoot better photographs’ but frankly, I didn’t much like any of their examples. If that’s what I would get by following their techniques, I think I’ll just keep on as I am. It may be that I am just permanently crippled by a flawed aesthetic sense and cannot appreciate real photographic art.

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David Cohen Sunday, 04 May 2008 at 12:24

They dance around the only useful piece of advice I’ve ever gotten about taking photos:

The way to take good photos of a particular subject is to take lots of photos of that subject.

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 04 May 2008 at 16:43

Hahahaha. When I talk to newbies who ask about my camera and my photos, I tell them, “The one useful thing I picked up from reading about taking pictures is ‘shoot first, cull later’”. Certainly no single thing has done more to improve my published results than having an itchy shutter finger.

For instance, on Saturday I was taking pictures of Boy Two’s soccer game. Afterwards, since it was the last game, the coach asked me to take a team picture. I almost always get good results through the simple technique of tapping the shutter at a high rate of speed the entire time I am saying “OK, let’s get ready, smile, let’s smile a little more …”. So I have a nice shot of the team with everyone’s eyes open and the parents wonder “how did you get them to do that?”. Forced luck, really.


Losing face while saving the point

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