Why we photograph. Often we leave/save photography for special events and travel (clearly from the content on my blog, I'm guilty of this). But like anything, photography is a skill that needs practice, so get out there!
I have been assisting in John Hallum’s photography class at SPAO, and after seeing the amazing work produced by the students (after just 5 weeks), I realized I haven't shot for myself in a while.
Photography is fun, but it can be tiring. Your senses are alert to the visual stimuli around you, you need to watch your camera and gear, and you are hauling around an extra 5-7 pounds of weight (forget a tripod!).
So, don't make it hard for yourself, try being a local tourist (in your city or one nearby) using these tips:
- Get lost! Take your time.
- Look at specific details, whether it is dying leaves, rust on a fence, a row of benches, light posts, etc.
- Limit the exercise to two or three hours; don’t tire yourself out and create a huge stack of photos to go through.
- Review your photos the same day, or within a day or two. It’s better to review when the shoot is fresh, so you remember which exposures worked well.
- Share the photos on social media, such as instagram, tumblr, flickr, 500px; get feedback!
- Keep the momentum going; make an effort to do this regularly.
I practiced over Thanksgiving weekend in Montreal. I focused mainly on geometric shapes and lines. I loved the subway stations, in particular, Villa Maria built in 1981 and given the former name of Montreal.
These photos were shot over 3 hours (interrupted by a bit of shopping on Saint. Catherine).
Now it’s your turn - ready, set, shoot!
Various places in downtown Montreal around Place Des Arts, Centre Bell and Saint Catherine
And if you have your camera with you, you can capture random moments like this. A busker in a boat (yes that is a finding nemo doll), entertaining a young princess at Station Centre Bell.