Get Great Photos and Exercise in Your Neighborhood

I always look forward to the opportunity to travel to refresh my photography skills.  New locations give me a chance to capture fun photos.  I have written about my trip to Iceland, which was a spectacular opportunity to experience a new country and learn new skills.

Heading Home

Heading Home

It would be great to travel frequently, but that isn’t the case for me.  So, in order to improve my photography skills I focus on my neighborhood walks.  I have three walking routes that I normally take, and I have to admit that sometimes I feel less than inspired.  As a result, I have turned to other photographer’s blogs for tips and techniques, and I thought I would share a few with you.

Tip #1:  Test different perspectives.  Once you spot an interesting photo possibility, check out how it looks if you walk around it, look down, and if you are so inclined, look up and get on the ground to capture the shot.

Looking Up

Looking Up

Tip #2:  Fill the frame.  This tip comes from Rick Sammon, a friend, a great photographer, and teacher.  As he says, “Take out any elements that don’t add interest to the story.  If they are not part of the story, then get rid of them by zooming in and fill the frame.”  I often find myself saying out loud , “fill the frame,” as if Rick were reminding me.

Wooden Canoe

Wooden Canoe

Tip #3:  Shoot vertical.  As many of our photos end up on the web, we are often told to shoot horizontal because they have more impact.  After I heard that at a workshop, I didn’t shoot vertically for a while, until I realized that depending upon the subject, shooting vertically has advantages.  They can be very dynamic, and can sell well on stock photos sites.

Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

Tip #4:  Use the corners.  Playing with the corners is a good way to get interesting photos.  If there are lines in your composition, push them to the corners.

Boat and Oars

Boat and Oars

Play with your architectural photos to make them more interesting, such as this shot of one of the Gates Foundation’s buildings.

Watching

Watching

Tip #5:  Walk briskly.  Finally I couldn’t leave this week’s post without saying something about a study that was released recently about walking.  We have been writing about walking, why it matters, and why moving is so important since the beginning.  Now, according to this new study, including intervals of more intense activity can lower your blood sugar while walking.  While you are out Camera Walking, remember to walk briskly in-between the stops you make to take photos. Those brisk, more intense periods of exercise will bring even more benefits.

So grab your camera and go out Camera Walking to achieve better health, fitness, and creativity in your neighborhood.

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