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1. Posted by super_ev (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

Hey all. I recently went to Europe with my digital camera and a massive memory card. I ended up taking pictures of EVERYTHING. If I saw a really nice building I took at least 3 or 4 of it. There were just so many things I wanted to remember. My question is, what do you focus on when it comes to taking pictures so that you don't come back with a bunch of shots that aren't really all that memorable.
Thanks

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 11y

I don't do anything to limit myself while shooting. The limiting step comes in post-processing. That's where I throw away seven out of every eight pictures; painlessly, effortlessly. That's the great thing about digital. :)

That said, I try to avoid taking pictures during the middle of the day (harsh daylight just can't compete with the beauty of early morning or late afternoon light), and with too many things in it. Being able to focus on just a single subject makes that subject (whatever it is) a lot more memorable than when you show it together with ten other things.
I also used to browse postcards, calendars and photobooks of destinations beforehand, so that I would be mentally prepared for what to expect, could snap a swift "picture perfect" frame and then be able to spend more time finding new angles after that. :)

3. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

I'm with Sander. It's only pixels......

But if you do want to slow down, try "thinking". Try for a unique angle, or creative composition, or difficult lighting,.... It'll slow you down, but do you really want to????......

4. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

don't think (as many people do using digital cameras) that by taking hundreds of photographs that you'll end up with at least some good ones. Chances are you won't.

If possible take your time, think about what it is you want the picture to convey before you press the shutter and as Sander says, try and capture the scene during good/interesting light.

No amount of post-processing will turn a bad picture into a good one. Remember you can't polish a turd :)

5. Posted by bibs (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

Yeah
thats the only thing I hate about digital. you don't use your brain, instead just start shooting aimlessly loosing the creativity.
Its almost certain that you end up with 8/10 bad pics. can you afford that wasting your time taking so many pics just to delete it in few seconds.
So one should take the same amount of time & pain composing, to shoot with a digicam like the old 35mm slr.Then you have the added advantage of immediately reviewing the shot in a digicam.
technology should be used to improvise not to be detrimental.