Monday, April 1, 2013

Looking At Things Differently - Through A Camera

 Recreation, Health, & Fitness

How about grabbing a camera and simply taking a walk in your neighborhood or checking out a nearby park. You are not a good photographer you say. Well, no need to worry. The cameras that are available these days  pretty much do most of the work for you. There are some very good low-end cameras that take quality pictures. In fact a lot of the smartphones that are available can produce first-rate images. A walk in the park with your camera is a nice change of pace or change of routine. Looking through the view-finder of a camera is a good way to look at things differently, to see things from new perspectives, to examine more detail. Plan a photography date in the city or in a park with your partner. Consider themes that you might be interested in - urban, nature, people, sculpture, flora, animals, birds, insects, transit, water, architecture, etc. These abound in the city and elsewhere. Consider also getting in closer, focusing on parts of things rather than on the whole. Consider vantage points - up, down, side, near, far, front, back, etc. Think about things you might be interested in and go seek them out, or simply allow the situation to unfold. Whatever you do, just take up the camera and get out there. Pack water and some snacks, then end the outing with an inexpensive dinner and a couple of nice cold ones. Be sure to have a decent photo editor ready so that when you get back home you can organize your images and manipulate them to your heart's content. 

[Photographic Art by Ric Couchman]

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