Ever have one of those weeks where you were either too busy or too tired to plan properly?
Well, that’s me these past few weeks. I failed to plan a post ahead of time so I am sitting here in the coffee shop trying to catch up! I knew I wanted to go on another Fall photo trip before it was too late but I needed some ideas for my phototaking.
So I went to my “go to” place for Fall instruction videos, YouTube, and found a great one!
Take a moment and go watch this video entitled, “7 photo Ideas to Instantly Improve Your Autumn Photography” by Nigel Danson
So, now I have a purpose, a guide to help me capture the photos I’m thinking of when I am on my next trip. I’m going to try as many of the seven ideas that he talks about as I can and then share my photos. Here are the 7 tips:
- Experiment with a long lens (possibly use a polarizer)
- Use backlighting
- Do something a little different with water (This includes some tips with an iPhone camera. I plan to bring both my DSLR and my iPhone)
- Shoot through stuff
- Think about color contrast
- Go close with a macro lens
- Use intentional camera movement
Now you may not have the time or equipment to do all of these ideas, but I encourage you to just do what you can.
As I contemplated this trip, I thought it would be smart to make a list of all the things I want to bring with me in order to experiment and do all I want to do. Here is my list:
- DSLR with all of my lens’, including a macro lens (fully charged of course)
- My iPhone, also fully charged. (But I am bringing a charge cord because I can charge it in my car if I need to)
- Extra card for camera
- Eye dropper and water bottle (I hope to try some ideas with macro shots of water droplets that I talked about last week)
- Pad for my knees (I am getting old…)
- Blanket (in case I need to get down on the ground)
- Proper clothing for the weather.
I would love to know what you like to bring on photo trips! Please comment below and share your ideas.
It took longer than I thought but I want to share with you the results of my photo trip following the ideas in the video linked above. I wasn’t able to capture all 7 of the ideas, but I did most of them. Some of the photos use several of the ideas all together in one photo. I will include a caption on each one to identify which ideas I tried for each photo. All these photos were captured with my DSLR (I have an Olympus E-510, in case you are wondering!). I did my editing in Photoshop CC doing basic edits including:
- Vibrance and/or saturation (to help bring out those gorgeous, warm Fall colors)
I would love to hear your comments on the composition and editing in the comment section below. I have numbered the photos so you can refer to them in your comments.
I have definitely learned some things about going on longer photo day trips.
- REMEMBER TO CHARGE YOUR CAMERA BATTERY! (Or have a second one as backup which is already charged). I can’t believe this, but I forgot to do this and as a result, I left home with a half-charged battery, missing out on some photos. A second camera battery is on my Christmas list!
- Also, I need to get myself another card for my camera when I am wanting to take a LOT of photos. Because I am shooting in Raw, my card gets filled up faster. Of course I could also buy a larger capacity card too!
- Planning for the light is a tricky thing to do, especially if you want to do some backlighting in a forest where the sun “goes down” early. For the most part, I planned well but I could have given myself some more time earlier in the day.
- I found that I couldn’t remember some of the settings for shutter speed that would freeze water versus making it smoothly flowing down. I did the best I could, but I have more to learn, that is for sure! When I was “in the moment”, I found it difficult to remember. Perhaps having some kind of quick cheat sheets with settings for capturing different scenes in my camera bag would be of help here!
As you can see, I had a lot of fun with water action (including waterfalls), leaf pools, and reflections in pools of water. This was probably where the majority of my photos were captured. I never did use my iPhone as suggested in the video because my phone was not working properly. (I have since gotten it repaired!) I was also amazed at the results using a long lens and shooting through stuff to capture great shots. I was able to really use selective focus on several of my photos to really draw the eye in!
I have never tried the intentional camera movement idea before and I found it to be strangely exhilirating! I didn’t have to worry about settings other than what he suggested in the video and just had fun. I tried to capture as many colors as I could. The different effects happened as a result of how quickly I moved the camera. They are all pretty abstract looking and I can see myself using these as backgrounds for composite art in Photoshop and to add texture as well.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my day as much as I did.
My intention throughout this photo day, was to capture the colors, movement, imperfection in nature and much more in a way that told a story and would remind me of the beautiful day. Let me know if you think I succeeded and what I could have done differently in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.