Today’s cameras are capable and fast. And the world around you moves fast, too. Does this mean you ought to work as quickly as possible to produce results? Not necessarily. Photographer David Bergman from Adorama discusses why slowing down can help you become a better photographer:
If you just keep moving and shooting, you may capture images, but you can’t concentrate on what you are doing. When you’re taking images, it is also essential that you take some time to analyze your results. Are you capturing the image that you planned for? Are you making any mistakes? Is there something you can do better? You should take a moment to answer these questions, and that means slowing down. Bergman suggests the following ways to help you photograph more deliberately:
- Before you take the image, pay attention to the entire frame—not just your subject. How is the background looking? Is there anything in the frame that shouldn’t be there? Will the composition be better if you move a little? By putting your thoughts into composing the shot, you can improve your final result.
- Force yourself to use manual mode. The only way you can master it is by being in this mode as much as you can. Don’t rush. Stand there and adjust the variables until you get the correct exposure.
- Turn off auto-focus and switch to manual focus. Then use the focus ring on the lens to get your subject tack sharp. You’ll need to be patient, as it takes time to get used to focusing manually.
“The overall idea here is to shoot with purpose. By slowing down and making deliberate choices, it forces you to analyze the scene and really think about what you’re doing.”
You get the idea. It is not just about flaunting your gear’s speed and spraying that shutter all over the scene. There’s no need to rush it. Calm down and shoot with a purpose.
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