Must a new photographer make an effort to take perfect pictures all the time, or should he/she experiment with his/her camera?

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The answer to this question: Absolutely! Every photographer should strive to make high quality, eye catching photos whether the goal is to become a professional photographer or not.

However, when you’re just starting out, it’s important to get out and experiment with light.

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That’s what I’ve been doing ever since I purchased my Canon Rebel. I am also learning that, to be a successful photographer, I must pre-visualize a scene and even look at that scene as if I’m a lens.

This is something that comes with a lot of practice and experience, especially since I’m a spur-of-the-moment type of gal who snaps away the moment I see something that captures my attention as well as my interest. However, lately I’m finding myself pre-visualizing the scene I want to capture before I photograph it.

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So, what does this have to do with experimentation? I’m not going to become a better photographer if I don’t experiment with light and risk taking mediocre photos. It’s also a way to for me to get to know my camera’s range in colour tone.

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It has been an exceptionally wet start to 2018. My excuse for not getting out enough with my camera to practice was because of the poor lighting conditions. I’m certainly not going to take photos in the pouring rain as my camera isn’t water proof. Thankfully though, it didn’t rain every day. I mentioned twice to my tutor the reason for my lengthy time on each assignment was because of the poor light but he wouldn’t hear of it.

Now I realize he has a very valid point. Should I decide to pursue a career as a photographer (which I’m still considering as a possibility) I must prepare myself for the cold hard reality that the lighting conditions will not always be picture perfect. That is why I must experiment photographing scenes under dark and/or overcast skies. If I can produce high quality, awe inspiring photos in low lighting conditions, then I can achieve anything!

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Sometimes, I just like the dark and moody look!

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