|Sent on:||Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:18 PM|
The end of the month is quickly coming upon us. The air is starting to crisp up and soon we will be into the Fall season. It looks like we'll have plenty of shooters coming out for this event. Diane and I are really looking forward to this trip.
We also have three member from the Boston area and I'm sure if we ask them really nicely they can point us to some interesting sections of town for some great photo ops (hint, hint).
In preparation I was thinking of doing a couple of articles on the blog but instead I'll just do a quick summary.
I once read that if you want to take pictures of interesting things you have to go to where the interesting things are. However it always seems that there's never anything really interesting in our own home towns. That's because we are so used to our surroundings. So traveling out of town should get all our creative juices flowing.
Group events offer several things and depending on your needs, you can always find something worthwhile. First, you are surrounded by like minded individuals who are also learning. Part of learning is sharing. If you have a question about your camera, settings, exposure, etc. simply ask and you'll get all kinds of help. Second, seeing other peoples photos can generate ideas and influence your photography. You may get introduced to a new technique, or simply shown something you didn't get a chance to see; a cool landscape, a hidden view, something 'over there' that isn't 'over here'.
Being in a group of photographers can be a cushion to trying new things. I encourage people to take this opportunity to really push themselves artistically. Try something new; i.e, snap on a prime lens and force yourself to capture your surroundings with that kind of limit. Or perhaps work on capturing a specific subject under specific conditions; i.e., silhouettes of people where the background is clear but the subject is blurred from motion. Sounds cool, seems easy, but it is quite challenging.
Boston is going to offer plenty of opportunities for a variety of different types of photography. I suggest exploring them all since it is going to be just a turn of the head away.
As I mentioned, you can experiment with technique. It doesn't have to be as crazy as the blurry silhouette example but here are a few easily obtainable techniques you can try;
The challenge you set for yourself doesn't have to be as technical as those listed above. It could simply be, "I am going to practice using Aperture Priority mode to better my photo results."
The key is to set yourself a challenge (or two, the day is long). When you set yourself a challenge you give yourself something to do, a purpose for taking the camera out. Otherwise you may find yourself aimlessly looking about wondering what to shoot.
Hope these tips help. Looking forward to seeing you all in Boston. I'll be sending out travel info once I have the complete list. You can help by sending me a note letting me know that you are definitely coming and what the nearest commuter/parking lot is to Rt 8N (Shelton to Waterbury), Rt84E (Waterbury to Hartford). Other stops will be determined based on who's going and from where.
Duck and Diane