10 Healthy Practices for Every Photographer
Conchita Fernandes outlines 10 simple practices for photographers to follow, that will guarantee a better photographic experience.
It does not matter if you are a beginner or someone who has been professionally practising photography. To ensure that your assignments run smooth or your day out with your camera is an experience to remember, or even if you are going on a trip, here are a few things that you should keep in mind.
There is no set formula for inspiration. It varies from person to person, as inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere. However, there are a few things that you can do to widen your thoughts and have a fresh outlook towards photography.
Read books written by renowned photographers. Don’t just look for tips but their life experiences and how it changed them. Also visit galleries and art shows and attend photography related talks and workshops. Make sure to interact with the people attending these events. Watch movies to help expand your vision. Alternatively, you can become a member of a photography club too.
As a photographer there are always different ways you can challenge yourself. One of the ways you can do this is by switching your primary camera to some other device. For instance, if you have always used your DSLR to shoot, then switch to a cameraphone. See how well you can compose your photographs with little to no changes to the camera’s settings. Constraints always bring out the best in anybody.
Photographing the Mundane:
Sometimes photographing the simple mundane objects seem the hardest and also the most overlooked ones. You will be surprised at how a simple object like a flower or even a fruit bowl can be transformed to look great under the right lighting conditions.
Don’t Be Too Critical:
This is true, even more, if you are someone who has just started out your photographic journey. This is your learning period. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Practice constantly but don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Embrace them instead. On the other hand, if you are an established photographer, avoid brooding over failed assignments. Learn your lesson and move on.
Making a List of Your Gear:
The best way to keep track of your gear is to create a sort of an inventory list. Write down the names and models of all your photography equipment—cameras, lenses, tripods, charging cables, external storage devices, laptops, tablets, memory cards… Creating this list will also help you efficiently plan for your next assignment.
Storing Your Photographs
If you are someone who stores their photographs on DVDs or CDs, then you must stop! They are extremely unreliable when it comes to long term storage. What you need is a high capacity hard disk with high read and write speeds.
On the other hand, there are several other cloud storage options that allows users to store their images on cyberspace. This means that you don’t have to worry about keeping track of the number of external storage devices that you have. You may have to shell out a little money but the options are great! In fact, by using the cloud storage device, you can even share images with anyone in any part of the world. OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box are some of the popular cloud storage options.
A Reliable Storage System
Most parts of India are notorious for their humid climate. This means that your camera gear will be prone to moisture, fungus and rust. Depending on how much damage has been caused, the servicing charges might be high and in some cases the gear may not be salvageable at all.
Which is why efficient storage options are important. It is not just enough to store your gear in a cool dry place, as moisture will always find a way to get through. Silica gel packets are a photographer’s best friend. The sachets deplete the moisture content in the space in which the gear is stored.
Your Camera’s Battery
Most photographers are guilty of forgetting to discharge their camera battery from the charger. They usually end up leaving it in the device for almost a whole day. Avoid this because what you are doing is killing the lithium-ion cells in your battery. This means that if your camera’s battery is supposed to last for 5 hours, it may now last for just 1 hour. So when you see the charger turn green, ensure that you remove the battery. In fact, here are some ways you can prolong your battery’s life.
Your Memory Card Matters
Make sure that all your memory cards are formatted before you go out to shoot. Purchase a card with the highest capacity and speed, especially if you are going to be shooting in RAW and creating high definition videos. A Class 10 memory card is ideal.
Taking a Break
Yes, that’s right. Sometimes it is important to take a break from the thing you love. Use this time to explore your other interests. This is also a good time to derive inspiration from something not related to photography. It might just lead you to another treasure trove, which you can later incorporate with photography.
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