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What Not To Shoot

22 Jun 2008 4:58PM   Views : 323 Unique : 270

When I was typing the title, it made me think of Trinny and Susanna and their program 'What Not To Wear'. But this isn't about clothes, it's about photos - of course.

Yesterday, as I passed up several opportunities for taking photos, I was thinking that learning to know what you're doing with your photography probably also means that you not only know what to shoot and how to shoot it, but also what not to shoot - or when not to shoot.

I was looking at a white ara at the parrot shelter yesterday and decided that the fact that he was sitting in full, harsh mid-day sunlight ruined any chance of getting a good shot of him. So I decided not to take the shot.

This happened several times during the day. I love penguins, but they were in the same situation, and I didn't take any shots there either.

I'd rather come back in better conditions than to take shots of which I know in advance that they're going to be ruined anyway.

And I suppose we can come across many subjects that we would like to photograph, but that aren't in the right circumstances at that time. Unless I have reason to take a record shot, I don't shoot them anymore. At least not at that particular time.

Does this mean I take less photos now? No.

Does this mean I discard less photos now? No. (See my previous blog.)

But it does mean I feel less stupid now when viewing the photos I've taken... Smile

Tags: Photos What not to shoot Shots Sunlight Harsh Midday Trinny Susanna


helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2008 10:17PM
Right ..........!!
But who is watching while you are viewing them anyway. At the moment I still shoot rather than not BUT............I'm learning not to go back feel I've missed something quite so disappointedly. If I missed an what!! There will always be something else...its a hobby after all.............not life and death.
conrad 16 10.9k 116
24 Jun 2008 8:21AM

Quote:its a hobby after all.............not life and death.

I know. But that doesn't stop me from trying to get my shots exactly the way I want them!
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 6:46PM
That wasn't what I was meaning. Of course you are going to make everyone the best you can. I meant missing an opportunity for another shot, and I didn't explain myself very well.
conrad 16 10.9k 116
26 Jun 2008 6:51PM
All clear now... Smile

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