Are You In Practice?

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  1. whisker maniac

    whisker maniac New Member

    Are You In Practice?

    Just a thought that has come to mind about photography for all of you. I know that everyone practices casting, throwing their nets , etc. , but, do you practice your photography so that it will be automatic when your in need of capturing that once in a lifetime photograph?

    I know that your not going to be fishing everyday and catching fish everyday that you would want pictures of but, there are many other things that you can be taking pictures of everyday just to stay in practice with your camera. If you hunt take pictures of the area you hunt. Your stand , the area you have to shoot from your stand or your shooting lanes from your stand. Besides just practicing with your camera these photos can be important to you as well. Using these photos of your hunting area as references may enable you to see something you may have missed when you were there. Such as a limb that can block a shot, or a small trail that you have overlooked. You can also use these pictures to plan where to hang a feeder or plan a future food plot.

    Using your camera to keep detailed references of your hunting and fishing areas or any other outdoor activity is a good idea for your journals. It gives you great references to refer back to from year to year. Even your favorite camping spots are good photos to take pictures of so that you can remember which spot you had the time before and how you had your camp set up and any changes you wish to make to how you set up next time.

    Another good thing to do with your camera is to take photographs of all your equipment and personal belongs, then download them to a disc and put them in a fire proof safe so that you have a record of your belongings for insurance purposes in case anything happens to them. Take pictures of your boat, rods and reels and all your gear and tackle, your guns, and any other thing that you have that you would not want to lose to theft or fire. This helps you greatly when dealing with insurance companies and also helps the police if need be.

    In working with your camera in this way you will gain more confidence with taking pictures and it will become second nature to you. Take pictures of wildlife often and explore with your camera. You may not want to save or print the pictures that you have take but you can evaluate the pictures that you took and then delete them when you are done. Always take your camera with you when exploring and take some shots you will be surprised what you might find or find out about an area that you may have over looked before.

    Get the cameras manual back out and reread what each function does and take some pictures with each function. Explore what the camera will do in every situation. The more familiar you are with every function of the camera the better you will become at capturing great moments in your life and the better you will be at keeping great photographic records of what you have done and are wanting to accomplish and do.

    If you don’t understand your manual or some of the settings on your camera find someone that is well experienced, in your area, with cameras that you can go to and take your camera to them so that they can look at your camera and show you what each setting is for and what it will do for you.

    Practice framing your shots so that you don’t have wasted space when you take pictures. This makes it easier for when you are editing your photos. Practice this by taking close ups of flowers or insects on flowers. This type of photography gives you a photographic eye. Those close ups make you work for the framing so that you can see what you want to see in the picture and helps you eliminate waste.

    Playing with different settings on your camera for different exposures is a good way to really learn your camera and for you to understand what each function does and what it can do for you. Knowing your camera well and what each function does will make you a better photographer and will help you capture the photos that you intend to without having to edit them later.

    If you keep a hunting journal and/or fishing journal, pictures would add a great deal of information for you later on as a photograph will stimulate memories much better than just written words.

    Just remember, "What you did yesterday was a learning experience. What you do today reflects what you learned yesterday".