I’m pretty new at the photography thing and one mistake I already realize I am making is that I don’t plan my shoots or outings.
Typically I’ll just get in the car and drive until I see something that strikes me as interesting. While I usually do come up with a few items I like, I generally end up spending hours on each trip with little to show for it.
Tonight I wanted to take advantage of the sunset time so I drove out, a little northwest of Las Vegas, towards the foothills. The image above was take near the end of this session. I added a couple more to my Flickr photostream if you want to take a look.
I like to at least take a few shots everyday, so that has a lot to do with my lack of planning. Most of these occasions just come from spur of the moment excursions. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada so you would think I had plenty of exciting subjects, but to tell you the truth, for the most part I’m not that inspired by our local sights, as amazing as they are.
I’m thinking about trying to heed the well thought out advice of experts attempting to teach others like me, to plan more; do more research before the shoot even takes place. I know I will still take plenty of spontaneous photo walks and drive-by outings, but hopefully by doing more planning I’ll raise the level of images I get.
For my random shots, you’ll be able to see more of those on my Flickr.com photostream at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ted_vieira/
What Works Best For You?
Do you plan your shoots? Just get up, head out and start shooting? A little of both? Let me know what works best for you.