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July 23, 2012 - Jennifer Brookens
Having to take more photos these days for the Sentinel, I'm getting a crash course in photography tricks.
1) ALWAYS have business cards/ID on hand. Nothing creeps out people more when than when you come up and just start taking pictures of them (or their kids, pets, etc.) I know I would be the same way in that situation, but sometimes jumping right in is necessary, otherwise you may miss the moment you're trying to capture. Usually people are OK once they realize what I'm doing. But it occasionally backfires when they start trying to fake it or ham it up (especially common with children).
2) As a follow-up to #1, catching people acting naturally when there's a camera around is a challenge. Which is why the "jump in and start snapping" approach is used. Please don't take offense.
3) Know what your camera can/can't do. The PHD (push here dummy) cameras aren't meant to capture the "photo finish" race-type shots, nor do they do well after dark. If you have advanced settings, learn what to do with them instead of leaving your camera on the automatic setting all the time (still a work in process for yours truly).
4) Always have fresh batteries on hand. It always seems if I'm trying to capture a big event, the batteries konk out right at the big moment. If you know you're going to a big event, make sure you have brand new or freshly charged batteries before you go. This rule applies to memory cards, as well.
5) Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The rustic barn look may look "American Gothic" to some, but just an old barn about to fall to the rest.
6) There is always a photo of your foot on the ground in the batch.
7) If you have kids, they'll always be jealous when you take pictures of any other child.
8) Sooo glad I don't have to deal with negatives, darkrooms, chemicals, etc!
9) Why does everyone I know run and hide from me now?!
10) Hello...? Anyone there...?!
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