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