Find a place. And stay. Nikon D700 and Nikkor DC 135mm f/2 lens
Photos shot with Nikon D700 and Nikkor DC 135mm f/2 lens.
Sometimes when you want to improve your photography, you have to look at it as a skill that needs to be practiced. It’s easy to walk around, looking in all directions and shooting like crazy hoping that you will capture a shot that you can be proud of. Well, to get to the point where you can walk aimlessly around and capture great images takes a lot of hard work. To get you on the way to taking better photos, I recommend the following exercise and techniques. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get better but I do guarantee you’ll be in a better position to use your camera with skill.
- Come up with a theme. And some themes can be problematic. In these photos it’s pretty obvious that the theme is motorcycles. Well motorcycles are moving vehicles so you have to remember to set your camera’s speed fast enough to stop motion. And factor your ISO setting into this. Also, although these photos were shot in “single-shot” mode, consider shooting in “continuous” to maximize the chances to capture that ideal shot.
- Find a location where you can remain stationary and yet take in the activity. Let your subject come to you. After a while you’ll know everything about that location and your photos will show that. Also after a while no one will pay attention to you. You’ll become part of the scene.
- Where do you want the subject to be in the scene? Plan ahead. I wanted to photograph the motorcycles near the corner therefore I visualized how I wanted to shoot before I shot.
- Be patient. The photograph will come to you.
- Know your equipment. Remember it’s not the make of camera, it’s the photographer. In these particular photos I was using a D700 with the Nikkor DC 135mm f/2 lens. Without the “advantage” of a zoom lens, I only had to focus on the shot and not the focal length. Practice taking shots with a fixed focal length lens. Or refrain from zooming. You’ll become a better photographer.
- Finally, fill the frame. In other words get closer. You want your subject to jump out and not be lost in the background. Closer is good!