Shoot What You Love!
Take pictures of only those things with which you have a strong, personal interest. Let me say this in a different way.
Shoot only those things that inspire and move you emotionally. If you’re not passionate about a subject, or scene, why take the time to go out and shoot it?
About the above image
- Nikon D300 with a Tamron 90mm macro lens.
- I always shoot in manual mode as it gives me more control over the camera settings.
- White balance is set for “Pre-White” balance because it is the secret tool for dazzling color images. You can read more about how to set “Pre-White” balance here.
- Shutter speed 1/15 sec.
- ISO 400 because an increase in ISO allows me to use a faster shutter speed under low light conditions.
- F/stop set at f/32. Why f/32? I wanted everything in focus. With a macro lens the area of focus is very fine.
- Inside Photoshop Elements I sharpened the image by going to: Enhanced tab > Unsharp Mask > Amount 25% > Radius 1.0 pixels > Threshold = 0%.
One of my favorite blogs is by Otto von Munchon. His most recent article is entitled: “Unlimited.” Below, is a paragraph from that article. Otto talks about creativity which I feel touches upon my topic of shooting what you love. Otto states…
“For one thing I don’t believe talent has anything to do with being creative. The fact is talent or lack of talent has never been a limiting factor for any artists willing to do the work. It might set the perimeters for your potential as an artist, but hardly any artist hits the roof of his or her potential. With hard work and trust in your creative abilities you will reach as far as you want to. Again talent isn’t as necessary requirement for being creative. On the contrary I believe creativity is accessible to everyone. If only you open up to your creative well and are willing to trust it.”
How this image was shot
Word Press has a weekly photo challenge every Friday. A theme is provided by way of displaying one or more terms; such as: Horizon, Inside, or Unusual Point of View. Participants go shoot an image that they feel is related to the challenge and post their images.
Some Word Press Photo challenges really excite me! I go out, shoot with great excitement, passion, and with a photo lesson in the back of my mind. I like sharing how I set up my camera and composed the image for the weekly photo challenge.
Other times I’m “ho-hum” about the weekly photo challenge subject matter. At these times, I’ve tried or forced myself to go out and capture an image, but there’s something missing. Here’s what I’ve learned.
I have learned that if I’m ambivalent, bored, or out shooting for the wrong reasons, how can I expect my images to turn out well? It may sound odd to say: “Shoot what you love.” Behind the term I want you to consider only following and photographing those things that are meaningful to you.
Shoot what you love.
Photography with a purpose, not because what others are doing. Photography, your photography, is an artistic and creative expression. It says more about who you are than it does about the subject, or the weekly photo challenge theme, or the scene. What you say about yourself, through your photography, should be real and genuine.
Use your photography to share your unique interpretation with the rest of the world.
Dare to be different
Examine how you shoot. Are you always standing straight up and down? Have you ever gotten on the ground to get a shot? Do you take the time to examine the non-essential clutter around your main subject and move to a different angle to eliminate it from the image? Do you make sure everything in your image is in focus? Do you take multiple shots of an image, using different angles, different f/stop, different white balance? Or, do you quick take the theme shot and move on to quickly post it?
Go out and love what you shoot!