approaching a subject
No, I don‚Äôt mean asking people in the street if you can take their picture‚Ä¶
I was wondering if the chicken came before the egg. Do we see a subject as a finished picture, and work out what approach we need to take to make that picture? Or, do we have a fairly standard approach, and fit the subject to that?
I was thinking about how much I‚Äôve pared things down since I started really getting into this. Even in the time since I bought my 100mm macro lens, it‚Äôs barely been off the camera. And so, that means that most of the pictures I take are either macro or have a very narrow angle of view. Because I like the lens so much and I‚Äôm so used to working with it, I can visualise how a shot is going to look before lifting the camera to my eye. Another aspect/constraint of my setup is the because it‚Äôs a 100mm lens, and because my hands are incredibly shaky, and because it‚Äôs on a 1.6 crop sensor body, I have to double up on the 1/focal length rule for handholding and shoot at 1/250th of a second. Now, Ireland is generally rather dull – in a lack of sunshine kind of way, that is ‚Äì and using that shutter speed generally forces me to shoot wide open at f2.8. I also happen to like shooting with a large aperture so it suits me fine, but it‚Äôs not like I‚Äôm getting much of a choice (if anyone‚Äôs reading this and may be thinking ‚Äúuse a tripod you eejit‚Äù but I find that it interferes with how I work ‚Äì I took one out last weekend and used it for about 3 pictures before I gave up). So, anyway, what I‚Äôm saying is, I generally end up shooting handheld, at f2.8, at ISO 400 (which gives ample noise on a 350D) and with a narrow frame of view. You can probably even imagine what my pictures look like without having to look!
So, how is that affecting how I shoot? Is it stifling growth and development, or is it giving me the opportunity to spend more time seeing because I‚Äôm not making choices about gear and trying to work through visualising different options? Am I really seeing, if I have a ‚Äòfilter‚Äô of that set of parameters to apply to every subject?