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CCYL 3: Always Take More than One Photo

Since most of us are stuck inside our homes or yards, I decided to rerun a series I did several years ago, called Cee’s Compose Yourself Lesson (CCYL).  This is not a challenge, but I suggest you play with new ideas or ways of looking at taking photos.  Hopefully this will fill your day with a little excitement and joy.  Please feel free to play along and join in the fun.

Always Take More than One Photo.

With this digital age, taking more than one photo is always, always smart.  You never know if you had a blurry shot, or the wind came up, you breathed wrong, or a hundred other reasons to have a not-so-perfect shot.

When you do take multiples, you can take a photo from the same angle just to make sure you got the shot, but you can also try taking it from different angles, just to see if you can work a little more interest into your photo.

For landscapes, you can do the same thing.  Most landscape have one solid object like a grouping of trees, a mountain, etc. and you can walk to capture them from a slightly different angle.

Notice in this example how moving slightly has changed how these trees are oriented with each other.  Which do you like best?(photos were not cropped.)

For now, experiment with taking multiple shots from slightly different angles, just to expand your vision.  Squat down, stand on something, walk a few feet to one side and then the other.  If it’s a small object, move it.  Shot from the back of it or straight down onto the top of it.

The opportunity to take that photo again may never come back.  The lighting might shift, people get in your frame or you’re on vacation and don’t have time to return and shoot the scene again.  Digital memory is relatively cheap these days.  The price of experimenting with real film was always expensive, given the cost of film, development and printing.  But digital is cheap and easy.  So don’t be stingy with your shots.  Take plenty and enjoy yourself.

This is a 6 out of about 12 photos that I took of this Flame Thrower dahlia.  I did not edit except for slight sharpening and lens correction.  I used my Sony a7II camera with 18-200 lens.  The lighting wasn’t the best but I think for the purposes of this challenge, it works well.

Too dark in the center of the flower for me.

Better because you can see the swirls but the old petals are too pronounced.

No point of focus except for the extreme sharp edges. This is just blurry not focus was not right.

I like this one.

Shows too much of the old petals on the left.

I like this version better.

CCYL 1: How Your Camera is Not Like Your Eye

CCYL 2: What all well-composed photos have in common

I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts.  So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog.  Feel free to contact me anytime.  I hope everyone will be able to use my lists.

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25 replies »

  1. Thanks for the tips and encouragement. I’ve just started to try this out on my walks and now I have a better sense of how to experiment. You’re the best!


  2. Great advise! Wonderful illustrations, too! On those trees, I actually like the photo with the colorful trees next to, or rather in between, the neat green cones.


  3. Really beautiful photos Cee and great lessons 😀
    I prefer the first one of your trees, as I find more harmony in that photo.
    Thanks for sharing your good advice.


  4. The first two of the trees was fooling with my OCD 😀 😀 I like the last one of the Flame Thrower Dahlia and the one you liked as well. Good lesson Cee 🙂


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