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Archive for July 8th, 2010

Look Behind You!

by on Jul.08, 2010, under Photography

It should be pretty obvious but it’s vitally important to be aware of your surroundings when on a photo shoot. You can look at this a couple of ways. If you’re not looking around you, you run the distinct risk of doing yourself and your gear some damage (see video) but there’s also the secondary interpretation. We’re always looking for great new images and viewpoints yet we frequently find ourselves looking only straight ahead either physically or metaphorically. We set out with the objective of getting a particular shot but end up missing a bunch of other images since we were so blinkered by our original idea.

A great skill for a photographer to acquire (and which Jim Goldstein talks about in his blog post today) is the ability to see pictures in areas that may otherwise have been overlooked and to do this you must remove those blinkers and consider all possibilities in the location you find yourself rather than merely the view straight ahead or the original plan.

Look up, look down and look behind you!

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