Believe it or not I plan most posts – but this morning I woke up with a range of photography related questions bouncing around in my head, so I thought I would quickly post them and see where your thoughts lay with them?
Do you ……….. Leave your Tripod packed and ready to go, or set up and ready to use?
Up until recently I have kept both of my tripods set up and ready to use. Now this may sound weird as it meant that everytime I wanted to go out and take photographs I would need to pack them up, but as I tended to take a lot of pictures (and video) of Moreno, the Doves, or the view from the apartment I found it easier to leave the tripods set up.
The other day I packed them both away a) as I was taking one out to use and b) because I am trying to de clutter and tidy up my life, so now I have a dilemma. Do I leave them packed and ready to go, or do I set them up so I can use them at anytime around the apartment.
Do you ……….. Leave all your equipment in a bag, or have it to hand?
I don’t have my camera bag yet (my Mother Skyped me yesterday to say it is in the post and looks great though) so this is a little theoretical at the moment BUT I used to keep all my lenses and flash in their protective cases, which was a pain when I wanted to use them quickly, but was great when I wanted to throw them in a bag to go out shooting. I got fed up with that though and now they all sit on a shelf in my study so I can grab them quickly. The question is what to do when I get the camera bag, pack the bag as and when or keep it packed all the time. The fact the lenses can be put in the new bag without needing their protective cases may make the packing of the bag easier each time.
Do you ………. Have the ‘right’ ratio of planned to unplanned shooting?
I don’t as anyone that read the recent 5 Apps for Photography post will know. Too much of my photography is dictated by having my camera with me when I am in the marina or when Moreno starts to play. Not enough is planned and thought out in advance.
An original hope with 4 frames was that ‘we’ would do some combined project stuff to motivate and comapare – e.g. take 12 Macro photos in one day, all take 12 pictures of our ‘typical’ day. I have been trying to think of some projects for Almerimar Life, and have come up with these so far:
- A Picture of the Sunset each month to ‘track’ where it sets
- A picture of all the small play areas and squares around the marina
- The same position i.e. one square at three different times of the day
I would love if it a group of us could come up with a subject that we could all photograph to compare i.e. Saturday morning all take a picture out our bedroom window, or take a picture of our favourite bar, or our work space – anything really!!! I would be more than happy to receive them and publish them all on the site??
Do you ………….. Take too many of the same ‘type’ of photographs’
Again I do! I will discount Moreno (and you can your pets and children) but I think I have a tendency to take too many ‘generic’ scenes, especially of Almerimar. I need to take lots of pictures of Almerimar but I think I need to find a way to get more under the ‘character’ of the place than just a overview type picture. Andie told me ages ago that you don’t need to take the whole building to show the character of the building, just focus on one specific element like an old roof. I need to do this more with Almerimar I think.
Do you ………….. Fancy a photography trip?
On the basis that I hate organised events and trips, and group things in general this is pretty weird but I would really like to head off for a week somewhere and take some pictures with a group of like minded people who where hopefully, and more than likely, better than me at taking pictures.
There you go – weird what I wake up thinking sometimes.