Sometimes you need the best equipment in the world. Sometimes you need to be lucky in capturing a moment. Other times you need to travel to far away places. Sometimes you chase bad weather, and at other times you wait patiently for a specific beam of sunlight.
But there are certain kinds of photographs that turn out good, no matter what. Not excellent, not groundbreaking, but interesting nonetheless. These are the photographs for the lazy days, the uninspiring locales, or the dull light. In this series of posts, its time to look at some quick photography tips and techniques one can use in a pinch.
Tip #1: Patterns: The first technique, bandied about quite a bit in photography books, is capturing patterns. Whether you are on a landscape shooting spree, or on a trip through an urban jungle, this one is easy to come by. Some excellent examples of this technique can be found on the National Geographic photography website.
Here are some of mine from a recent trip to Death Valley National Park. It was high noon, the light flat and obnoxious, topped with a thin veneer of smog or fog that was rendering everything a tinge of blue and yet wasn’t dense enough to create intriguing compositions. So I topped on my 70-200mm with a 2x teleconverter and framed closely. From the patterns emerging in the salt fields at Badwater taken from high above at Dante’s Peak, the deep shadows of the Mesquite Sand Dunes, to the fog-screened hill ranges – these images came out acceptable and pleasing.