Things I learn while shooting for stock - Part 1: out on the streets

When I first handled a digital camera, I did not know to surf the internet for information on camera operations, nor how to look for information on understanding the concepts and relations between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The internet wasn't saturated with such information back then. It was 10 years and more long time ago.

Even when I got my first DSLR, making full use of the camera's setting was alien to me too. I had joined group outings to shoot photos of people but that wasn't fruitful in terms of learning photography for me either.Things changed when I started shooting for Dreamstime. Out in the streets shooting stills, I began to understand the function of the aperture priority mode and perfect it on a personal level. I learn not to always use the widest aperture as the options of shooting at the middle setting of the aperture range yields the sharpest images. When the light is lower I can always increase the ISO to the camera's usable range to brighten things up. It was not difficult for me when I get the hang of it. Everything is clockwork.

One other thing I learn is not to machine gun between shots. Visualize the image in your mind and compose it there. Move yourself to the spot for the best angle and take the shot. You only need one press of the shutter most of the time. Sometimes I take a few, when the subject is interesting and the situation allows me to move freely about the subject.

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April 13, 2016


Yes never stop learning! I am also fascinated with objects. Give me a chance to shot freely in a shop on the products I can do it the whole day.

April 12, 2016


"Never stop learning" thanks for the reminder! And, nice portfolio.

April 11, 2016


Hi Saulute123, thank you.

April 11, 2016


Hi Truthservant, glad to know you machine gun and loving it.

April 11, 2016


Nice images :)

April 10, 2016


I do the machine gun thing, my hard disk is saturated with unuseful shots!

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