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Useful Photography Tip #22: Take a Moment to Think Things Through

by Gevon Servo on 04/30/2012

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in life is patience: take a moment and think things through. It’s extremely important part of my life as a photographer. I don’t care what your skill level is. Rushing through your shots is not always the best thing. Sometimes you have to treat photography like a game of chess and think first. Do you have the patience to take a moment and make sure everything is in order?

Why Running and Gunning is Not Always the Right Way

It’s easy to just aim, shoot, and move on. In doing that, however, sometimes you miss details that can make an “ok” shot “fantastic”. In running and gunning you are mostly detached from your image. In taking an extra few minutes, you become more engaged in the  composition of the image , and it will show.

Waiting for the Right Weather

Taking a moment to check the weather to see what it’s going to be when you get there can save you time & money. Checking the weather can also improve your image in a way if you plan accordingly. If you know  a storm is going to pass through, you can plan some landscape photography and get a fairly dramatic backdrop. During bad weather you can do studio work.

 Making Sure Your Gear is Set Correctly Before You Shoot

If  you’re not even glancing at your settings before you shoot, you may want to rethink that. Having your settings correct before you shoot helps you get things correct before you even go into post. With products like Lightroom 4, you can always fix things in post, but that adds a lot more time to the production each shot. That few minutes of checking your settings, everything more efficient.

Take time to engage your client.

With clients , you can’t be detached. You have to take a moment, show a bit of compassion and communicate with them.This will help you get a better understanding of your client’s needs. This will help make you work more efficiently and seeing how time is money, help you not waste either.

 

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