Pearls of Photographic Wisdom
Just a thought from 29 May 2005 about .

I remember when I got my first camera, a 126 cartridge Kodak, my dad gave me my first shooting advice: Make sure the sun is at your back, and hold your breath before hitting the shutter. I still do that today.

Since then, I've come up with some of my own bits of wisdom to remember when shooting.

  • Look behind you!
    This mental exercise is designed to remind myself to step away from the crowd, look in the other direction, and generally remember to not just shoot the obvious. Sometimes you're rewarded with a fabulous moment.
  • Growl like a tiger!
    When you're shooting someone and they're just sitting there looking uncomfortable, say "Growl like a tiger!" The subject will either actually do it or crack up laughing - either way, you get a true emotion instead of a fake smile. It even works on dogs.
  • Keep shooting!
    This one's simple math - the more shots you take, the better chance there'll be something decent in there. And now, thanks to digital SLRs and cheap compact flash, you really can just keep shooting.

Do you have any pearls of photographic wisdom? Share them in the JPG Group!

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “Pearls of Photographic Wisdom” that I wrote on 29 May 2005.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “Ajax, Ajax Everywhere” on 11 May 2005. After this, I wrote “The New New Thing” on 9 June 2005.

Ajax, Ajax Everywhere
In February 2005, Adaptive Path published an essay called "Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications" by Jesse James Garrett....
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The New New Thing
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Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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