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Monday, September 8, 2014

Photo Tip Monday: Patience & Photography

Summarizing today's post: Photo tips, patience in photography, & balancing ambient light with flash.

70mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/30th of a sec, strobe 1/16th power
It's Photo Tip Monday, and that means I have a quick tip for you to help improve your photography skills.

Everyone has heard the phrase "Patience is a virtue". 

That can't be more true in photography.

I wanted to get a simple shot of Penelope yesterday and she was giving me a hard time. She wouldn't look at me for the world! I tried everything. 

Then I remembered my own advice (see the post where Gavin was trying my patience here) and walked away. Best thing to do.

What was the alternative? I couldn't force her to "pose nicely" for me. Nope, so I just walked away and tried again later.

I have learned over the years that I had rather not get a photo at all if it is "forced". That is one of my pet peeves (no pun intended). I'd rather just try again at another time.

And then it happened. I walked past the bedroom about an hour later and found that Penelope was awake and sitting up just as pretty as a picture on the bed. Tail all curled around her and everything.

I set my camera up for the correct exposure, wanting to mix the available light in the room with my own light. I figured that pointing my strobe straight up at the ceiling at about 1/16th power would do it. With a high ISO setting, wide aperture, and fairly slow shutter speed, my light mixed in just right.

Then all I did was simply catch her eye with my finger and raised my hand up toward the ceiling. She followed it for a split second (thinking I had a treat for her I'm sure), and click...pretty nice shot. 

I was happy. And she was too...because I then left her alone.

Patience and Photography...both start with "P". Lesson learned, again.

Thanks for reading, have a great Monday!


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