THE MAKING OF LUCK.

3 05 2010

We know that to a certain degree luck does play a part in landscape photography as we can’t control the weather.

Sometimes we head out and the sunset phizzles out with little or no colour other times a bank of cloud comes at the critical moment.

Otamure Bay Sunset

This being true we have to live with that part of the equation so learn to manage the things we can control so that when things do come together we are ready.

Things like planning our outing to be in the right place at the right time.  There is no good floundering around looking for a good location at 5 am. It is important to have a good idea of what we hope to photograph and where. If you are looking for waterfalls its no good going in the dry season and so on.

Get familiar with your equipment so when luck happens you wont be trying to figure how do I get the camera to do that.

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Check your equipment before going out flat batteries missing memory cards all can leave a sinking feeling as you realise you have missed the magic moment.  Ensure the camera is set to a default state before going anywhere indeed you should do this after every different subject

Check settings before and after you take the shot. You don’t want to get home and discover the masterpiece was shot at iso3200 or you forgot to turn AF on.

The final part is simply persistence don’t just give up if it didn’t work that time go back and try again and again until it dose,

It is true luck plays a part but luck comes through perseverance and effort.

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