Shooting Tips for Digital Photographers in Vermont
Since you are shooting “digital” and do not have to worry about film costs anymore, you will probably shoot many, many more images that you would have with film. Take photos of everything that interests you as you can delete the bad ones when you get home. Shoot each scenic from many different angles and in different lighting conditions.
Make sure your photo storage card is large enough to hold hundreds of images, if not bring along a 2nd one. To save space on your storage card, reset your camera from the highest mega pixels to a lower number of mega pixels to get more photos on the card. Unless you are blowing up your photos to 24 by 36 inches or larger, or cropping severely, you will never notice the difference.
Be sure you bring along plenty of spare batteries for your camera. Or bring rechargeable batteries and a battery charger so you can recharge the batteries overnight. A battery charger and an extra battery pack will be helpful if your camera uses special battery packs.
A good sturdy tripod is a must for sharp photos. I know it is much easier to handhold a camera and pop off pictures as you see them but you will be surprised how much sharper your photos will be with the use of a tripod or even a monopod.
Some photographers take along a six foot step ladder to help them get up higher for a different angle and better picture at many scenes.
A good polarizing filter will help bring out the true color of the foliage in sunlit scenes. It will also darken a blue sky so that white clouds will stand out more.
Since you can retouch digital photos, you now can take photos with wires in the sky, and telephone poles or other objectionable items in the photographs and then eliminate them with the cloning tool, or other special tools, in Adobe Photoshop, Corel’s Paint Shop Pro X, or many other photo software programs. You can really have some fun by combining items from two different photos to make one better photo.
If your digital camera has interchangeable lenses, you can lessen your equipment load by using one 24-200 or 300mm zoom lens for all your shooting. Many times a scene will change by the time you try to change from a wide-angle lens to a telephoto lens. It also eliminates the need to carry two cameras with different size lenses on each.
Be sure you change your camera’s white balance as the weather changes from sunlit scenes to cloudy lit scenes, or in the shade. If you go indoors, make sure you change to the lighting conditions you find, such as tungsten (Bulbs) or fluorescent light. I know you can also correct lighting condition in your computer but it is easier to do it on the spot. You can also use these white balance changes to create interesting images, as each one is like a different filter than we used to use when we shot film. The cloudy day or shade balance filter will cool down a sunlit scene, and the sunlit filter will warm up a scene.
You don’t have to use your camera by the book. Break the rules and you may create prize-winning images.