Happy New Year This Fall Season

Happy New Year This Fall Season

Back To School For Everyone

 

red fall leaves
Red Leaves Falling                                                                            ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

For some folks the fall season is the” new year” as far as getting back to a schedule after the drop out days of summer. Back to a schedule often means continuing education after a break. How does the frugal photographer improve?

We are often happy to separate from our money on workshops and seminars but it may not always be convenient or necessary to have others lead? With a little sleuthing and planning you can get a low cost education on a myriad of topics.

Internet – the idea here is to get a plan, not just scamper around sites looking at whatever is announced in your Inbox or social media site. Find a few websites or blogs that speak to you, sign up for their regular spiel and read them as an assignment. To maintain discipline, the newsletters could go in a folder called “School” and you could make a commitment to get a little education daily. Read them all or replace with ones you will read. Don’t pick too many or you will be overwhelmed. Pick a focus area that you want to improve in and assign that work for a month or two. Stick with it then move on to a new focus. Discipline with the internet is key and we all know what that is about.

Public Library – Let’s start with what libraries are known for, books, then walk past them to the magazine. There is a wealth of information in computer, technology and art books as well as specific books showing imagery on subject matter you may be specializing or interested in. Computer and technology books need to be current but older photography and art books can work for composition, focus, new or improved subject matter, colour, posture, lighting and all things image capture related. Test yourself. Why did the photographer chose the setting, lighting, angle, point of view, how was that shot obtained, why was the lighting set up a particular way. This is also a source for focused look at specific areas of interest, nature photographers check out the magazines on outside activities, portrait folks look at poses and props. Pick your genre and explore.

Equipment – Sounds simplistic but, in reality, cameras are complex computers. If you are just using the Auto settings (or ones with icons like night, portrait, landscape) you are not utilizing much of the potential of your camera.  Do you know how to set up for flash off camera, use the timer, take bracketed images, change the on-camera flash compensation, preview a shot, Live-view a shot, compensate for fill flash, and any other new, untried button, setting or switch?  Set up a time, open your manual and play around with settings in an area that you are not familiar with.

Shoot with someone who does an entirely different type of photography. Push yourself outside the box. With a little discipline you can get a free education.

For more on Fall Shooting, see also:

Fall Foliage Photographer is not Foiled

Art Inspiration Where Does It Come From?

Lovely Lady, Fall Drama

Hanging on to Fall

 

British Columbia forest
Fall Season Rainforest Walk                                         @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

Glenbow Golden Fall
Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Fall                              ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

nature photography landscape
Fall Landscape Blur                                             ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

Carcross fall landscape
Log Cabin and Snow Capped Mountains                                                                            ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

 

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