Our dog Lucille loves to go everywhere with us. Here we were picking the kids up from school and Lucille was loving the people watching while we waited. A Lab puppy will not wait around to be cute until your nice DSLR camera is out and ready so our iPhones are frequently used to get pictures like this.
This picture is another good example about what Paul talked about in the Central Park Sax Man post. The only camera I had a available was my iPhone. Waiting for everything to be perfect, and having the perfect equipment, would mean not getting pictures like this. Cameras on smart phones have gotten so good we never hesitate to reach for them when our DSLRs aren’t around. It doesn’t take long for a lab puppy to become a lab dog and we don’t want to look back and regret not taking pictures. Don’t forget that the same thing applies to kids! Don’t end up with no pictures just because you didn’t have your favorite camera available.
Our phones are always with us (for better or worse) so we never have the excuse of not having a camera. The best way to get better at taking pictures is taking more pictures. Practice makes perfect right? With digital cameras it doesn’t cost anything to take and “develop” a picture so snap away!
When you do get home to look through the pictures, don’t just keep the ones you like and throw out the ones you don’t without thinking about why you like and don’t like them. Taking some time to think about this is a great way to improve your photography. Maybe you should have gotten in closer for the picture, maybe placing the focus along one of the interceptions from the rule of thirds is what you wanted, or maybe something as simple as making it black and white will make you like the picture. If you take the time to learn why you like one picture and why you don’t like another, you will start to think about this while you are taking the picture instead of after, therefore increasing the number you end up liking in the end.
Lab Puppy Reflection Information:
- Taken By: Susan
- Date Taken: 18-Mar-2015
- Camera: iPhone 5s
- Lens: iPhone 5s back camera
- Exposure: 1/2400 sec at F/2.2
- Focal Length: 4.15 mm
- ISO: 32
- Flash: Did not fire