Notes to Self about Taking Pictures

I am by no means a very good photographer.  But here are a few things that I have learned over the past couple of years shooting random crap...


Tip 1.  Look for things to put in the foreground, as well as the background.  Having stuff up close puts perspective on the shot and makes it look better...

Tip 2.  Get up early and stay up late.  Everything looks cooler as the sun is coming up or going down...

Tip 3.  Put new angles on stuff.  Never take a photo standing up, always squat down to get low or get high (geographically speaking)... 

Tip 4.  Take a shitload of shots.  Weird little things like this (from the ice cream shop in PT) can end up looking pretty sick...

Tip 5.  When possible take shots of good waves.  They are always more pleasing to the eye, but also require an exit from the water...

Tip 6.  Use your macro.  A lot of times close up shots can look cool as hell.  This one was with the macro on and the camera hovering a few centimeters above the water...

Tip 7.  Try to figure out those f-stop and shutter speed things.  I still don't know how to do it very well, but these shots required weird ass settings to look good...

Tip 8.  Good waves help, but good surfers help more.  Take photos of them because they do cool stuff like this...


Tip 9.  Shoot some things in black and white.  It can make otherwise dull shots more interesting and artsy looking.  You can always edit them into black and white (as I sometimes do), but they usually look better if you shoot in black and white straight off...

Tip 10.  Timing is everything.  My camera can shoot a lot of pictures quick, but it diminishes the quality.  Get used to your camera so that you know exactly when the shot will be snapped.  Luck always helps too...

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