Vary the shot.

It’s easy to walk around with a digital camera just “machine gunning” away, taking as many photos as possible, in the hope that at least some of them will be ok, the so-called “spray and pray” technique.

But there’s also another option, and that’s still to take as many shots as possible, but this time with more purpose, to find a subject and explore it, find its potential, taking shots of it from different angles, at varying distances, in various styles and compositions, it’s called “working the subject”.

So when on location, with each subject you pick to photograph, try to take varying shots of it, and it really doesn’t matter what the subject is, even if it’s just an old coffee cup rolling around in the wind, try to give it some sort of context, a story.

Some examples illustrating the technique

Example 1: Friedrichstraße, berlin

Example 2: S-Bahn Bridge, Reichstagufer, Berlin

Example 3: Friedrichstraße Station, berlin

Example 4: Friedrichstraße, berlin

Tips for when on location

  • Think about the subject and try to see the potential it.
  • The subject doesn’t exist in a vacuum, it always has a relationship with it’s surroundings, past, present and future.
  • Take shots from different angles and viewpoints.
  • Try new techniques and compositions.

© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2017

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