Take chances with your photography. It’s free!
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If digital photography has taught me anything, it’s “Take the shot.”
Not that you should randomly shoot everything.
If you see a potentially great shot, but things aren’t just right, or don’t have time to compose, or lighting is all wrong, or can’t set everything in time… still… just take the shot. It doesn’t cost anything anymore.
Sometimes you see something is about to happen within the next few seconds. No time to think about the best settings, or you’ll miss the shot entirely. Slide into No-Flash Auto, or the faster Sports mode, and take the shot. The camera is pretty smart!
If the subject stays longer, or you can see it happening again, there may be time to change settings…
To avoid this panicky situation, you might also find yourself becoming a human light meter. As you approach a building, start changing the ISO (up!), aperture (open!) and exposure compensation (down!) Anticipate and adapt.
Anyway, this shot mas made while a friend was driving me to a better vista for the purple sunset. As we made the turn around a long curve, I noticed the sunset off the side windows in my mirror, and another friend’s car tailing behind us.
Chance! Snap snap snap!
Even when we got up to the vista, I tried to stage the same shot again (turn the car from the sunset, line the car up behind), with better settings and sharper focus.
But it just wasn’t the same.
The ‘chance’ shot was the best one. …To me, anyway.