And from the Bag of Tricks…

Wow – it’s been a crazy couple of weeks:

  • Interview of Tom Hogarty over at Adobe, to the generous donation of a copy of Photoshop Lightroom for a contest (only two days left!)
  • A 3 minute clip on The Tech Guy Radio Talk show with Leo Laporte
  • Invitation to go on a photo shoot with Scott Kelby, followed up by dinner with the crew
  • Front row seat at Lightroom Seminar
  • A very kind and thoughtful mention on Scott’s blog only yesterday
  • And now…

Well, I don’t want to jinx it, so I am going to have to leave one of my tricks still in the bag until things get firmed up.  Suffice to say, if it comes to pass (and I am still not holding my breath)… this will be a very cool thing for the readers of the blog, listeners of the podcast, feeders of the…well, all of it!

So, for the time being, here’s a few other photo tips to help you improve your composition when out shooting:

  1. Keep a quart sized resealableplastic  bag with you.  Fill with sand or dirt on location for a quick and dirty beanbag support for the camera.  Empty when done and toss it back in your bag!
  2. Got a monopod with you?  Attach your camera, set the timer and hold it out facing down (or up, to the right or left) for a new and interesting angle.
  3. Need a quick gauge on how much time until sundown?  Hold your hand out at arm length and count the number of fists between the horizon and the sun – each fist = 1 hour!
  4. Carry a small sample of sticky putty with you to immobilize objects for capture – great because you can use it over and over again and it won’t leave marks on gear or portrait subjects in tabletop environments.
  5. Wear cargo pants – that way you can walk with one lens on your camera, another in a leg pocket, and other accessories in the other side (media, spare batteries, business cards, etc) for easy on-the-go access to your two favorite lenses.  This works for lenses up to the 200mm range, depending on your height and the cargo pocket size), thus keeping your hands free to shoot and interact, while also not being saddled with a heavy backpack or slingback (you can now carry a Camelbak to keep hydrated!)

Got your own tips and tricks to help photographers on the go?  Share them in the comments or with me via email.  Remember, the Adobe Lightroom Contest Giveaway only has three days left including today, so get your photos in over at the Flickr group here!

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1 comment for “And from the Bag of Tricks…

  1. May 27, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I great to hear that you are getting some attention. All the time and energy you have put into helping the photography community you deserve it.

    Great tips. I already planned on wearing cargo shorts on the July 18 photo walk so I could load myself down instead of wearing my LowePro backpack which looks incredibly small on my back. 🙂

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