| Bob Krist (“Danish Light,” July/August 1998) |
- Pay attention to the quality of light and not just the subject.
- Shoot in warm light, around dawn or dusk.
- Always take a look at the edges of the view field.
- Shoot plenty of film.
- Include a dominant element in the image.
- Always carry a polarizing filter and tripod with you.
Gail Mooney (“America’s Hometown,” July/August 1998)
- Be an observer. Be patient and watch life as it happens then be ready
to capture the right moments as they present themselves.
- Don’t bog yourself down with all the latest gadgets. The real art is
being able to communicate and to understand what the message is.
- A lot of amateurs make the same mistakes: not thinking about
what they’re shooting; not considering the light; staying on the outside
and not getting in where the action is; using a flash in a big interior where it won’t do any good.
- Never leave home without lots of extra batteries, a small flashlight,
a compass, a magnifier, and a weather radio.
Jim Richardson (“Sojourn on a Southern Highway,” November/December 1998)
- Shoot more pictures and throw away the bad ones.
You’ll try more things: angles, exposures, and so on.
The one way to get the photo right is to try lots of different approaches.
- The human eye sees differently than a camera,
so try to imagine how that image will look in a photograph.
- Don’t just point the camera at the scene.
Try to create a sense of depth and put things in the image for scale.
- Get up early and stay out late.
- Force yourself to “think little” and to “think big” by doing close-ups and long shots.
You’ll gain a lot in the process of looking for details and grand-scale images.
- Try carrying a right-angle viewfinder and put the camera on the ground
or up high on a ledge and experiment.
- Meet the people you are going to photograph and establish a rapport
before you begin shooting.
- Use wide-angle lenses for close-ups,
because it’s easier to create a sense of perspective.
- Carry a compact folding reflector to illuminate objects in the foreground.
- When you are traveling, go to a souvenir shop and pick up a bunch of postcards for the place you’re visiting.
It will let you see how others see each place so you can try to approach it more creatively.
Invariably, you will also find something that you didn’t know was there!
Mark Thiessen (“Garden of Dreams,” January/February 1998)
- Try to get close enough to your subject to capture the important details.
- Experiment with different types of film in different lighting conditions.
For example, try using tungsten film outdoors,
perhaps using a fill-flash with a daylight-to-tungsten gel taped over the head.
- Try using a fanny pack rather than a camera bag.
It is not only lighter but safer while traveling in foreign countries.
- Take a tripod, which allows you to use slower speeds and longer lenses during twilight.
Bill Luster (“Brown County,” July/August 1997)
- Be as basic as you can in your equipment.
Try to use just a camera, a couple of lenses, and not much more.
It keeps you thinking about what you’re shooting.
- Try to include people in every picture you shoot.
- Make sure you’ve got film in the camera, set the ISO dial, and don’t shoot into the sun.
- When shooting horses, putting pebbles in an empty film canister and
shaking it really gets the animals’ attention. They think it’s food so they respond to it.
- Always have a sturdy tripod handy and never leave home without duct tape in your camera bag.
Tape around the camera to keep out dust and water.
You can also writes notes on the tape to organize caption information at the end of each day.