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Within One Mile Photography Tips And Suggestions - See what there is to photograph within one mile of your home.

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It's Sunday and you have a few hours to kill before you put the roast in so there is time to pick up your camera and head off on a walk to see what you can photograph within one mile (or so) of where you live.

If you live on the coast or in the Highlands or Lakes, you have got it easy. Try one mile from central Worksop - now that is challenge! Seriously, though, pictures are everywhere if you only look. It might be that you normally shoot landscapes but live in the town centre - the challenge for you is to change your vision for a short while. In the longer term, looking for pictures out of your comfort zone can only help your photography.

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As you'll be walking your trusty standard zoom lens will get you the pictures you want without breaking your back or juggling too much equipment. But if you don't mind stopping to change a few lenses a good macro lens will get you close to plants in flower boxes you find on your doorstep while a wide-angle would be good if you have any particular interesting buildings you want to capture on your journey.

Support And Bag

Taking a lightweight but strong bag along means your hands will be free and for extra sturdiness take a monopod as they're more portable than a tripod but still give you adequate support. If the sun's shining, you should be able to handhold without any support.


Small Project

Set yourself a small project to help you along: only shoot scenes with the colour green in it, or shoot letters or numbers, doorways, cracked paint, reflections, abstracts, tree bark, discarded crisp packets, shop windows... you get the idea! An alternative approach is to limit the number of pictures you take - imagine you have 24 shots and every one needs to be a masterpiece. Let your imagination break free but give yourself a challenge at the same time.

No Plan

Of course, you can just head out onto the street and shoot what you find. Parked cars and other vehicles which if you decide to photograph you may need a polarising filter to reduce the glare and reflections you'll get off these shiny machines. If your neighbours are out cutting the lawn, washing windows or generally gossiping, try shooting some interesting candids. If you know them, ask them to pose for a portrait.

Further away from home you'll find parks, woods, shops and plenty of other locations perfect for quick shots.

You will find that there is plenty to shoot and you will still be back in time for lunch, having given your shutter finger some exercise.

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AlexandraSD e2 Member 2432 forum postsAlexandraSD vcard United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 - 12:30 AM

The last girl i dated was from Nottingham and she had family in Worksop, i went with her to see them once and the only thing i can remember was this street which went on for miles seemingly, all with boarded up doors and windows, obviously uninhabited and left derelict; i was only gutted i didnt have my camera close to hand because i saw quite a few shots there.

As for photography closer to home, its always tricky, and the temptation to say there is nothing there is all too obvious a cliché which im pretty sure most of us have been guilty of at some point, i know i have, but it is not too difficult to see photo opportunities, they are there if we look, the last time i did it was on a fairly recent visit to the local abandoned football ground, with my camera, though i didnt upload any here for some weird reason.

Yesterday however, i needed a change of scenery, got into my car and found a little oasis very close by, probably a mile and a half away, which consisted of nothing but a small man made reservoir, lads of wild flowers and so many varieties of dragonflies, hawkers and butterflies, 5 herons who sh*t themselves when i clumsily arrived, and even a water vole, which was the biggest surprise to me, i happened to glance it from the corner of my eye as it entered the water, whereby it left a tell tale murky disturbance in the water as it swam away completely submerged.

I hate to say this but yet again, i didnt have my camera close by, just my mobile, which was helpful because i uploaded a pic to twitter of the general surroundings, but i might possibly go back tomorrow, in stealth mode so as not to freak any shy herons, because i am still yet to get a good image of one, their just so nervous though, why is that?

Actually those last 9 uploads here have been within 3 miles of my house, so im doing better than i used to be, but the advantages of photography closer to home are so obvious, and its daft not to challenge yourself once in a while.

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