Our next Mentoring session will just prior to our Member's Night meeting on October 16. Meeting time will be 5:30 at the church. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org give me any subjects that you would like to discuss. That way, I know I will be covering subjects that you are interested in rather than guessing what to cover. This is for any level member that would like to learn more about any particular area of photography. If your schedule requires you to be late, no problem, we will be in the back, northwest corner of the main room, near where the light controls are. Makes it a little quieter.
Travel PhotographySummer time! Time for vacation traveling and shooting photos of those areas. There are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of getting really nice photos while traveling. Many times, we are going to areas we have not been to before or very limited exposure. You should always do your research well before going. With the internet now, you can do a lot of research, look at photos and read reviews for anywhere. Know what photographic areas you will be coming across. Don't rely on just driving down the freeway and hoping to see places to stop. Many really scenic locations may be just a few miles off the roadway but not in view at all. Check for National and State Parks, wildlife preserves or many other options. Also know the best time of year to visit. A trip to Joshua Tree would be much better in winter than summer. Once in a new area, I find it very helpful to look at postcards in the local stores or visit an art gallery. They will most likely, have pictures of the iconic locations nearby.If you are on a tight travel schedule, know when is going to be the best time to be at a location in relationship to best lighting, early morning or late afternoon. Along the ocean, high tide or low tide. Often, you can't just sit and wait hours until the best lighting develops. The High Sierras are best shot in morning and before the sun dips behind the western mountains late in the afternoon. And if you do see decent conditions, stop and shoot it then. Don't figure it will be good tomorrow too and put it off.Be open and flexible to opportunities that may present themselves. I have stopped and gotten really nice photos of old barns, corrals or old cars/trucks sitting in a field that we drove by. Be prepared for variety of weather conditions, especially if up in the mountains. I always have an umbrella along with rain/wind jacket and pants. In strong winds with a telephoto lens, you have the probability of the wind causing movement in you lens. I have used my umbrella to block the wind so I can still shoot at a high f-stop and low ISO setting to get the best shots. Same with covering my camera in the rain. Get out and walk around. Most people don't get more than 50 yards from a roadway. Use your wide angle and telephoto to get different perspectives.At popular locations, whether in towns or the countryside, gathering of tourists often make it hard to get photos without including the crowds. You can cut that down tremendously by getting out very early in the morning. And don't put your camera away at night. The countryside can be shot at night with moon lit sky or in town, the neon lights, trails of car lights, lit up buildings and such can make great photo opportunities. Can show movement of people through a scene or frozen when people are not moving, all creating interest. I recently spent several nights wandering the Embarcadero and piers in San Francisco, shooting night photos with my camera on a tripod of Fisherman's Wharf, souvenir shops, outdoor restaurants, markets, intersections, Ferris Wheel’s and people wandering through the scenes. The photos were very colorful and much more interesting than daytime photos of the same places.Remember to capture the culture of an area too. The clothing of the residents, their homes, churches and other public buildings. Especially, in foreign countries.