It's been awhile since I've written. I've been super busy with the 30 Day Photo Challenge I've been hosting on Instagram (see the details here). There's only 2 more days to the challenge and there has been over 200 submissions from myself and other photographers! Check out #30dayphoto2014 on Instagram.
I started the challenge to practice shooting with other photographers. The information exchange is great and having others constantly shooting with you makes it easier to keep on track with all the encouragement and sharing of ideas. Below are a few things I've learned throughout the journey.
Things I've Learned during This Challenge
- Keep a charged camera on you at all times. You never know when an unplanned photo op may happen.
- Keep extra camera cards with your camera (like attached to your neck strap e.g. http://amzn.com/B004N622LC).
- For that matter, don't forget your camera card to begin with. Many cameras have a setting that will prompt you when you try to shoot without your card. Set that up so you don't go a whole shoot without recording a single shot (if you have done that, I feel your pain).
- Write down your photo ideas. You may not have time to execute them right away. Still, a good idea will remain just that without execution. Keep a notepad on you.
- Research and plan shots in advance. Use Google or talk to others regarding sets, lights, props, and various techniques. Think about it instead of just trying to shoot something in 5 minutes just for the sake of shooting something.
- Draw inspiration for a particular theme from Google Images, Pinterest, or even a dictionary. It really works. Also, I started buying magazines for shooting inspiration.
- Don't miss a day. This may seem obvious, but the point of most 30 day challenges is to do something continually. You miss a day and it can become a slippery slope.
- Learn your camera. Perfect opportunity to practice what you have. Try online tutorials. YouTube has quite a few for free with varying degrees of success. If you want to go with a great paid service which is more reliable, try Lynda.com.
- Learn new techniques. You can try something new every day and every time you try something, even if you fail, you add a bit more to your photographic skill set.
- Always, always, look for the light. If you're setting up lighting with a desk lamp or a five point lighting system or if you're just going for a hike in the woods, light can make or break your shot. No technique in the world will save a shot so underexposed it's pitch black or overexposed so it's a blank canvas.
There's a ton more I've learned and a plethora of techniques I've written down that I'll attempt to do one day. I've also have a fairly long laundry list of tutorials I'd love to get to too. Two more days of shooting for this challenge, but my taste for more regular shooting hasn't died out with the 30 days. Follow me @thethumbprint on Instagram to keep up with the latest progressions.
A big thanks to all that played!