3 Reasons to Shoot Photography Every Day

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We all have reasons to get out of practicing, but it’s never a good idea to keep at the basics.  Shooting every day can sound like a daunting task, and people have asked me why it’s important to do this as a photographer.  So, I decided to create this handy article that highlights 3 reasons to shoot photography every day, and the importance of practice.  So, without further ado, here are your three reasons to shoot photography every day:

1. Practice Makes Perfect

The first reason to shoot photography every day is because shooting more often will simply make you better! Whether you are starting out in the world of photography or you are an established professional, or even an active hobbyist, there are always things you can learn about your craft, whether it’s improving your vision, your composition, or even refining the controls you have over your gear.  You really only can get there through lots and lots of practice.  Someone once said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice before you can really consider yourself an expert in anything.  Here I would say one caveat and that is to never think you are done learning – adopting that attitude will only blindside you downstream.

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What lenses should I buy?

A great question came to my attention through Quora – the person asked what lenses they should buy to accompany a camera purchase.  They were looking for both a zoom (variable focal length) and a prime (fixed focal length) lens. It occurred to me that many people many have this question, so have taken the time to answer it there, and to cross-post the information here as well: Read more

Planning Your Fall Photo Shoot

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Fall photo shoots are a lot of fun! Actually, autumn is truly one of my favorite times of year to get out and shoot.  The colors all around are just so powerful and inspiring.  The blend of the amazing reds, oranges, yellows, and such against blue skies, even against snowy landscapes are just amazing.  There are other things to shoot as well though, so even if the colors are past their prime, don’t let that stop you from getting out and shooting!

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With that sentiment firmly planted, here are four things to be aware of when planning your Autumnal outing:

1.  Watch the Weather –  With autumn come rapidly changing temps.  70 degrees in the morning can become 20 degrees in the evening, so you need to plan your outing and dress accordingly.  My rule of thumb is to dress in layers.

2.  Be Aware of Your Surroundings – Because of drastic weather changes, a colorful hiking trail can become a slippery slope and with the wrong gear, you could be setting yourself up for a potentially life-threatening situation.  Make sure you not only dress accordingly, but make sure you know where you are going, and what to expect.  If you don’t know an area, research to find out what you can expect.

3.  Consider your Gear Selections – If you are hiking in an urban area, carrying a shoulder bag or backpack of gear may offer you an opportunity to catch shots with a tripod and/or flash if needed.  This gear setup would not likely work in that mountain hike though.

4.  Find a Shooting Buddy – This kind of goes hand-in-hand with gear selection and knowing an area.  The last thing you want to do is find yourself in an urban area after dark, alone, and with thousands of dollars worth of gear.  There’s safety in numbers!  The same goes for that mountain hike – if you fall and twist an ankle, your buddy can help you out – or at least knows where you are and can go get help!

This all may sound a lot like common sense, and that’s because it is!  Simply exercise common sense, good safety habits, and have a backup plan for those “what ifs” that always arise.  Sure, still have fun, be spontaneous, but don’t forget to be smart!