How to Shoot Better Pictures In the Pumpkin Patch
For many photographers, taking a photograph means raising their camera to their eye, focusing, composing, and pushing the button. What they end up with is a snapshot that certainly explains to their viewer where they were and what they saw, but rarely results in a photograph worthy of being blown up and framed.
If your eyes are between 5 and 6 feet from the ground, and you always stand erect when taking photographs, then every photograph will be from that same vantage point and your photographs can become pretty boring very quickly!
A Ladder in Every Shoulder Bag?
And, at the drop of a hat, I’ll get down to ground level looking for that elusive better image. And, because the ground is always nearby, as opposed to the aforementioned towers and mountains which aren’t, more times than not it’s the ground level photo that comes up as a keeper. Look at Photos #1 and #2. Which would you rather frame and put on your wall?
1 Shooting while standing erect gets you a great record shot with so much visual data you can’t see the essence of the subject
…. but it’s also nothing more than a snapshot.
Camera data: Nikon D100, 24mm f2.8 AF-D lens (35mm equivalent), ISO 200 equivalent, exposure: 1/320 at f/5.6.
Sing along with me; “You gotta turn around and get down to pick a peck of pumpkins”! The low camera angle of this photo helps eliminate the distracting background that strengthens the essence of the pumpkin patch. Camera data: same as photo #1.
To Shoot Good Pictures You First Have to be Able to See Them!
One of my favorite accessories for my D100 is a right-angle finder (see photo #3) that allows me to look down into the eyepiece when the camera is in the dirt. Although I use Nikon's right-angle finder; the availability of one for your favorite SLR is worth looking into (forgive the pun).
Carry a Trash Bag in Your Bag
Regular Tripods Don’t Work!
For bean security, I put the plastic bag of beans into a second bag. It’s a nylon ditty bag with a drawstring top that I picked up at a camping supply store. This bag-in-bag protection helps insure that I never end up with loose beans rolling around in the bottom of my camera bag. I have often been accused of losing my marbles, but never my beans.