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Out of your comfort zone to progress


JackAllTog e2
5 3.7k 58 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2010 1:57PM
And it did Paul - i felt great about it afterwards - best shooting day for ages.

In the comfort zone thing again, i've just created some ePz albums (ePz member only get to do more than 1) and it shows that some albulms have lots of things i quite like, whilst others are quite empty, and still others are not yet created.
Is there a master list of say 10 typical photography genres's we should all try if we want some variation?
I'm thinking
Macro, Still Life, People, landscape etc.....
I'd then create the albums then try and fill them this year.

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Nick_w e2
7 3.9k 99 England
29 Sep 2010 2:47PM

Quote:I was listening to some article or other on the radio a few months ago


Now what did I say about listening to Womans hour Ade? You should know they keep going on about the same subject's just altering the slant a bit (or so I'm told). Wink Tongue
ade_mcfade e2
10 14.8k 216 England
29 Sep 2010 3:47PM
Women's hour is quite funny it has to be said Wink

Never seen "Man's" hour though...
Nick_w e2
7 3.9k 99 England
29 Sep 2010 6:50PM

Quote:Never seen "Man's" hour though...


.... Radio Five Sunday Evening Wink
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
29 Sep 2010 7:22PM

Quote:Women's hour is quite funny it has to be said


So are there mags Smile
javam e2
10 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2010 7:52PM
I have been trying a few things outside of my normal zone of airshows and landscapes lately. A 12" reflector purchase and 2 short trips to my local woods have resulted in my last five shroom uploads which I am fairly happy with. I have tried a couple of fungi macros in the past, but with fairly average results, I think probably because I did not go out with the intention of taking them before now so was not prepared for lying down in the dirt and experimenting a bit more.

Today I spent half an hour photographing a dripping tap with my 580EX II set to 1/128. Nothing worth an upload as yet, but it has given me some ideas to try out another time.

This tends to be how I approach things, experiment with an idea, mull it around in my head and then have a go at delivering it. A couple of my self portrait manipulations went through this process.

What I find interesting is that I am much more experimental in areas I do not do much. If I am shooting an Airshow or doing some landscape work I tend to stick with the tried and tested and do not try anything new, but if I stick a flash on my camera, get the Dlites out, or stick a macro lens on I throw more caution to the wind.

Hopefully at some point in the future my competence in my comfort zone will merge with my experimentation out of it.

As it is currently, I am just enjoying trying something new and getting my brain engaged a bit more.
Morpyre e2
10 1.6k 8 Wales
30 Sep 2010 10:22AM
if the sea level is only at nose height by 2050, there isn't really much to worry about. i think that woman needs a sign attached to a balloon that is about 150ft+ up in the air to get a point across Grin
JackAllTog e2
5 3.7k 58 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2010 10:26AM
I don't know if she was right or wrong, but she was in central london and if true it would slow the tube trains down a bit.
ade_mcfade e2
10 14.8k 216 England
1 Oct 2010 1:19PM

Quote:I am just enjoying trying something new and getting my brain engaged a bit more.


I think that's the key

you do take time to learn your craft and create a consistent look - I got to a stage where I did all my landscapes with the camera same settings and filters, literally just changed teh shutter speed for exposure purposes. You can record settings on the 5D and use the "C" setting to get back to the setting at any time. I used that.

Just plonked the tripod down, took a meter reading, changed the shutter and the rest was "pre set". Did the job, but didn't really make me think too much - oddly enough they used to be the shots that got 50+ clicks on here Wink

No I've tried other landscape things, shooting wide open, long lenses, lensbaby, HDR - all sorts, just keeps it interesting and hopefully differentiates you from the pack
newy17 8 273 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2010 3:48PM
Funnily enough my soft box has just arrived as im desperate to learn off camera flashSmile
I have always been comfortable at shooting at night but want to try so many different things, ive just gone from my 20D to a D700 plus quality lenses and since having the D700 i only shoot in Manual now instead of Aperture priority which is a big step forward lol

Taking portraits scares the crap out of me so i play it safe with candids but its something im going to push myself into doingSad
So its going to be fun using flash as ive never used a flashgun lol.

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