Photography Do’s and Don’t’s
Today on the blog, I’d like to do something a little bit different. I’d like to list some of my current photography Do’s and Don’t’s. This may come off as a little bit of a stream of consciousness post, but I will try my best to stay on point. Hopefully this will provide you with some insight into my brain while participating in photography, and hopefully it’ll also help you out with what you’re trying to accomplish. Here we go!
Do get it right in the camera. The more you get right in camera, the less work and stress you need to deal with on the computer. The less time you spend in front of a computer, the more time you can spend out with a camera in hand.
Don’t shoot when you aren’t feeling it. There are many times that your creative juices simply are not flowing. That is a nice time to ignore photography and enjoy your other interests in life.
Do shoot what you want to. Especially if you aren’t getting paid for it. I like shallow depth of field. So, I shoot at f/1.4 a lot. People may not like that. That’s their choice. It isn’t going to stop me from shooting the way I like to shoot. This also leads me to…
Do process the way you want to. Do you like really saturated colors? Go for it. Same thing goes for vignettes, black and white photos, over the top HDR, whatever. If you enjoy it and it makes you happy, that’s what matters most.
Don’t delete on site. This is one that I fall into a lot and I wish I wouldn’t. Make sure to wait until you see the photo on a big screen before determining that it is good or bad.
Do shoot more than you need to. We live in a digital age, and that is one of the beauties of it. We have an infinite source of storage for our photos and we aren’t limited to 24 exposures for a day’s worth of shooting. We should take advantage of that. That said…
Don’t turn your brain off. Just because we have lots of storage and aren’t limited to rolls of film, we still need to think while behind the camera. Every photo you take, even if it is the most basic shot of Spaceship Earth or Sleeping Beauty Castle, there are so many things to think of. Light, exposure, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, composition, framing, symmetry, leveling. That’s nine things right there that should travel through your mind while taking a photo. And there are probably many more.
Do what makes you comfortable while shooting. If you don’t like carrying 15 pounds of gear on your back, bring only one or two lenses with you where you go to shoot. If you like the strap that came with your camera, perfect. If you prefer a Black Rapid, great as well. You need to be comfortable while shooting, or else your mind will be bothered by other things. How do you expect to think of the nine things I listed before while something else is taking you out of your thought process.
Don’t doubt your ability. Everyone is capable of taking great photographs. If you learn your equipment and do your due diligence, you or anyone else can make one of the most memorable images out there. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, you will beat yourself and come away with nothing that makes you happy. But, in order to gain that confidence, there is one important piece to the puzzle.
Do get out and shoot. You can sit here and read our blog or any of your favorite photo sites all day long, but you’ll never get better at taking photos by doing that. No matter how influenced or inspired you get by the internet, it is not a substitute for practice and honing in your craft.
I hope you all enjoyed my random thoughts and musings here, and hopefully this will inspire you all to go out there and get better! All the photos in this article were taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, both of which can be purchased at Amazon. Thanks for looking!