I am going to start a new series of posts to share tips and tricks that I have encountered as a photographer. Some of them may be technical issues that will help solve exposure issues. Others may be more expressive of a point of view. The first tip that I am sharing is the latter.
I have mentioned this before, and have heard it expressed among the photographic community: photography is about capturing moments. So, be present. A photograph will never be created if there is not a person to click the shutter button. The person behind the camera is an important part of creating a photograph.
This morning, I had the option to set my alarm to wake me for the “super-blue-blood-moon” lunar eclipse. It would have been an opportunity to capture a moment. Instead, I decided to sleep in and let the moment happen without my presence. Therefore, I do not have photo to share.
Being present applies to a lot of situations: a lunar eclipse, a friend’s wedding, a family vacation, etc.. I remember my first camera was this cheap view-finder that came in a kit from scholastic books. The camera went with me on a few family vacations. I remember trying to capture images of places that I wanted to remember.
Honestly, most of the photographs that I took with my first camera were mediocre at best. That, in someways, does not matter. What does matter is that I was present in those moments, and I remember them. So, my first tip to take photographs is be present.