Wilmington Window Reflection
Fine Art Photography by Todd Breitling
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Now that you have chosen all your equipment and are out the door, the next decision is my 4th Tip “What to Photograph”. If you are in a big city such as New York or London, certainly places like The Empire State Building or Trafalgar Square are going to be places you want to check out. By all means go to these locations, as they are unique, however I would suggest going there at off peak times. If your schedule permits, try and see these locations during the middle of the week, say Tuesday through Thursday, as there will be less of a crowd.
Having said that, try finding locations or subjects that are “off the beaten path”, something that allows you to be creative and use your imagination when composing a photo. Shooting at locations that have their own characteristics and charm are places you should seek out in order to allow your imagination and creativity to shine. Popular locations have been photographed to death, so the chances of any of us coming up with a unique point of view are slim. Do try to create your own style when shooting lesser known locations, this is where you can explore your ideas for composition, lighting and using different lenses.
Some examples of “off the beaten path” subjects or locations are: Cemeteries, subways, abandoned buildings, small parks, side streets,statues,street signs, colorful boutiques, neighborhood bars and restaurants,taxis. One of my favorite things to do while walking in any city is check out the graffiti, whether that’s spray paint,random signs hanging on billboards that create an usual pattern or tell a funny story, even stickers that are placed on telephone poles provide a quality photo opportunity. This you can do while walking to other more popular photo locations. Try the lower profile locations on the weekend that way you will not be pressed for time and space, two elements essential to any quality photograph.
Continuing on with tips for the traveling photographer, I offer you my 3rd tip: Essential Equipment. Once you have decided where to go and how to get there, you need to ask yourself what you NEED to bring. A medium to large, comfortable quality backpack is probably the most important item. I use a Tamrac Expedition 7 model, which has multiple adjustable and protective compartments for storing several camera bodies and numerous lenses. Before you leave the house or hotel, attach a wide angle lens to one camera body and a standard 18 -50 mm lens to another. Bring ALL of your lenses and camera bodies. You never know when you may need them and it is better to have lugged them around with you and not used them as compared to wishing you had brought them and missing a cool photo opportunity. One or two 4 GB memory cards and charged batteries would be the next most important items. Also, make sure you some foul weather gear as you never know when the elements may surprise you with rain or snow. A hat to shield you from the sun is also recommended as is sun screen lotion. Certainly you want to bring several bottles of water in addition to your photography essentials. No matter where you are staying hydrated is essential to a prolonged and successful photo session. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, bring your sense of childlike adventure! HAVE FUN!!
Below, is an example of having multiple lenses handy and attached to your camera body before leaving the house. In cold weather, such as Stockholm, Sweden in February, you do not want to have to attach a lens to a cold camera body out in the elements. Below is a photo taken from Skeppsholmen Bridge using a fish eye lens.