The last post was all about some common issues that might keep you from getting that sweet shot. So naturally this post will attempt to provide some solutions.
Shown above is another tunnel variant, this time taken at Fort Gaines, a Civil War era coastal fortification on Dauphin Island, Alabama. This was taken just outside of one of the magazines located near the corners of the fortress. And it’s a perfect shot to help me go over some strategies, one challenge at a time.
- Our modern world is so rushed and so demanding of our time. But as a professional artist, it’s much better to make time to plan any photo shoot, if in no other way than arriving in plenty of time to take advantage of your light source (the sun, in most cases).
- The tendency to worry about your shots is strong, especially when you’re passionate about your craft. And if mistakes are made (and they will be), it’s easy to start giving yourself a hard time. But instead of torturing yourself, learn from your mistakes and approach your next photo op in a way that maximizes your strengths.
- Poor conditions are going to happen: cruddy light, hostile weather, hecklers, you name it. Murphy’s law often rules. But these issues can be overcome. Reflectors and fill flash for better lighting, rain sleeves for gear protection. And business cards and a smile can often deflect a questioner.
The tunnel shot used all these strategies. I arrived at a time where I had hours to spare. I took time to explore and worked around tourists and staff. And my tripod was for more than stability; because it takes time to set up, it was a psychological tool to prevent me from rushing around.
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