Shooting close to your front door
Why 50 Metres?
Shoot your image within 50 metres/yards of your front door.
Look for something interesting and compelling right outside your front (or back) door.
Why shoot close by your house?
There are often some really interesting and captivating subjects right outside our own front door, we just need to slow down and look. Often we are in a hurry to get where we need to go, we just don’t slow down and really look at what’s right in front of us.
Close to my (hotel) front door
This was my first image this BootCamp Challenge. Here’s what I posted inside BootCamp. “Taken this morning outside my hotel in Albury. It was a crisp cold morning and the light was just starting to show through the foliage. Shot into the sun with my 35mm macro lens which I just purchased for the job I’m doing out here. 1/100th sec at f/2.0 I’m loving the little bit of lens flare and all the weird shapes of light in the background. I like this image for it’s artistic feeling – what do you think? Brent
Tips for capturing stunning images.
Try using a zoom or macro lens and try these tips to improve your photography.
- Slow down, perhaps even sit somewhere for a few moments and really take it all in.
- Take in your surroundings, often we just don’t see the magic we walk straight past every day.
- Look for just one or two subjects and really try to capture them in detail.
- Always shoot in RAW, to be able to get the most of your images in post-production.
- You can use a zoom or a macro lens for this challenge.
- If using a macro remember that shallow depth of field is not always your friend, try using a mid-range aperture like f/8.
- Use Auto ISO and try a minimum shutter speed of about 1/250 – 1/500 seconds for flying insects.
- Try Auto AND Manual focus.
How can you make your images more artistic?
After the shoot – remember how you felt when you captured your images, what caught your eye? And try to reflect that in your post-processing. This is where you can get creative too. Look at capturing the most of your images with crop and adjustments in the post-processing stage.
Remember you want your main subject to attract the eye, not all the distracting elements surrounding it.
Slow down and enjoy the creative process.
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Let’s take a look at what our BootCamp members have captured for this month’s challenge.
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Let’s take a look at this month’s magazine. Here is our featured artist of the month, Sara O’Brien, from the United States
This is off her front porch. The evening sun was dappled through the trees so Sara grabbed her camera and shot a few images. This is one of her favorites. She liked the bokeh and the monochrome look. It is a little soft on the focus, there was a small breeze.
This month’s featured magazine cover image is by Kerrie Clarke from Australia.
Shot in her backyard. Like most of the East coast of Australia, they have had higher than average rainfall. This has to lead to a bumper fungi season, she had never seen it in such abundance! Kerrie found these two little toadstools growing on some decaying wood.
Let’s take a look at some of the wonderful images our BootCamp members‘ have created this month.
We’ll start with Dave Koh from Singapore. From his little garden, he got a Lime butterfly sipping nectar on a flowering plant. Taking butterfly shots can be challenging and they tend to flutter everywhere. One way is to choose a flower with clear background and pre-focus on it. Have a tripod and mount your camera at a distance and wait for it to land. It will be easy after that. Set the camera to the high speed of at least 1/2000s. Do a burst shot and get the clearest image.
- Remember slow down and really look at what you probably walk past every day
- Try different lenses, apertures and capture what caught your eye
- Just concentrate on perhaps one or two objects
- Use Auto ISO and if photographing animals or insects try a shutter speed of 1/250 – 1/500 seconds
- Try Auto and Manual focus
- If using a macro lens, remember that a shallow depth of field is not always your friend, try mid range like f/8
- Remember to be present and enjoy the process
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Please leave me a comment below – I’d love to know what you think. Brent