Types of settings to use:
Try different ISOs
Variety of shutter speeds/apertures
Changes of light
Use variety of focal lengths
We have so much equipment to choose from to aid in our shooting.
First of all, it is all based on the type of shooting you want to do
and how much money you want to spend.
Sometimes I joke saying
They all do the same job
Depends on what you grew up with
Or your friend's recommendation
What you feel comfortable with
It's a tool
Most important part is the lens!
Rule of thumb is the lower the f:stop the better f:1.4-2.8
Usually cost more
Fixed or zoom lens
Again, it depends on what type of shooting
105mm is great for portraits
14mm for shooting star fields
500mm for the moon
300mm for wild life
50mm f:1.4 general shooting/low light
These can get all the focal length you want
With all the zoom lens out there, the possibilities are endless
Lightweight VS application
I have several sizes of Bogan
Airplane travel size or back pack (lightweight)
The bigger the lens size and weight, the more sturdy the tripod will need to be
Use a self-timer or a remote
If you touch that shutter bottom, it WILL move the camera!
Tip: When you need a real steady shot, use a hanging center weight that pulls
the tripod down heavier. Hence, a steady shot.
A good camera bag is important..
It protects your investment
Small ones for light shooting
Bigger ones when you need different focal length lens and gadgets
Backpack bags are the best
When traveling with lots of gear, Pelican cases are #1
Crown Royal bags are great for extra protection for lens
UV filter "Which you leave on your lens as to protect it"
Neutral density filter
Lens cleaning cloth
Hide an extra car key
Mini multi utility knife
Sharpie "for autographs"
There are as many different kinds of photographers as there are stars in the sky.
Have an eye to see things
Things that capture light and life
Moments in time that will never happen again
Hence, a Chronicler
Advice that my mentors gave me..
GO OUT AND MAKE MISTAKES!
As for errors, on your next best pic you get, it was from what you learned from previous trying.
Never give up on your dream, even in dark times.
Take one picture at a time, focus on that. Not literally one picture, but in that moment.
Meaning, that by the time you get old, you have lots of images.
The drive is in your heart.
Understand your lighting.
Sometimes you have to hide to get that shot.
Do things that may be dangerous.
Seek out the hidden.
Watch your back.
A safe photographer is the best photographer.
Don't get lost.
Situational awareness can never be under estimated.
Remember, you also have to stop and enjoy being in the moment.
Without thinking about the shot, just enjoy being in that time. The here and now.
Sounds weird, but is refreshing to the soul.
The best image is yet to come.
Take lots of pictures.
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