The Lazy Later Guide to Photography

by Emon Hassan on June 19, 2008

The lazy later guide to photography is simply: work a little harder now, compose your shots, and try and get your shot with a few attempts. Therefore, instead of having hundreds and hundreds of photos to sort through later, you’ll have dozens to choose from – but most likely good ones.
When I went for the Highbridge Park photo walk, I had a 512 MB card. After the day was done, I still had space left in it; I didn’t – couldn’t afford to – shoot RAW, then. I had the same cam and card for my NYC Marathon pics. For my Brooklyn Bridge walk, I used 3 and a half 1GB cards.  Not only did I chuck 3/4 of those pics, I sat on them for weeks before picking my shots to edit. Trust me, good shots get buried under the crappy ones. On top of that, looking at a lot of crappy photos can be depressing. So, a little bit of care gets me better shots.

I don’t, however, go nuts with framing and angles. As soon as I see a subject or object, I see the angle and I see the shot. In short, I simply try to freeze the image I see with my eyes and not “let’s keep pressing and changing focus and what happy accidents come out of it”. My photos reflect how I see the world, weird angles and colors and all. It’s like a baker ‘seeing’ the bread when (s)he’s looking at an open bag of flours. Yes, similar to that ‘I take out the unnecessary parts’ story.

There’s another factor that works well for the way I take pictures. Flexible focusing. Rarely do I go fishing for lobster but take a chance on some shrimps cuz the nets are out anyway.  I know I’m going for lobsters (substitute with Brooklyn Bridge) so I plan to take anything that it sees and anything that people see in it. Yes, the bridge sees the Statue of Liberty. Yes, that little kid waving the Amercian flag has a great angle of the bridge. I almost see the bridge  longing to touch its neighbor, the Manhattan bridge. That longing can be shot with some nice, cool angles.

Some people can see that longing. Some just want shots to impress other photographers. It shows in their pictures.  “That photo has a nice personality!” is a compliment. Photography is what you see and how you see it. Everyone else’s take on your pictures. is just his/her fucking opinion.

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