I get photo envy a lot.
Each time it strikes I make a promise to do whatever it takes to improve my photography.
I am taking little steps and it seems to be improving in many ways.
I understand composition, but struggle with capturing the light. (At times I think there is just something wrong with my camera).
None of this matters anyway.
I’ll never be a great photographer [for now] because I am always snapping on the fly.
I have two children.
I rarely have time to eat a banana, let alone set up the scene for the perfect shot.
In fact, many times I am taking photos one-handed while carrying Savannah and trying to stop her from pressing the buttons.
I usually have a couple of seconds to fire off a shot.
Trying to photograph my girls is even worse. They don’t sit still and if I have quickly set up a semi-automatic shot for the light, they move into the shade quicker than a jack rabbit. Moment gone.
I’d long to have minutes, if not hours, to frame up a shot, monitor the light, adapt to it, and re-shoot until perfection is created.
Whatever! Not in this family travel blogging lifetime.
For now, I’ll just do the best I can and try to be pleased with the snapping on the fly efforts.
If you are a fly snapper too, here’s a few tips to help capture the photo as best as you can
1. Understand composition
Know how lines work and what makes effective composition. As soon as you arrive at a new place, frame it up in your mind and then snap.
2. Use the semi-automatic controls
So either Aperture or Shutter speed. This way it is half done for you and you don’t need to think as much if you were shooting in manual mode.
Taking one handed photos while using the other to hold or feed children.
It’s amazing what you are capable of doing. I can even tap focus and shoot one-handed on the phone now. (These Android phone apps help make photography easier).
4. Try to get up early
Ha! What do you mean try, the kids are jumping on you at 6am and you’ve missed your opportunity for alone time. If you are lucky enough to have the kids sleep in get out and shoot!
Bah, like you have time for that! But at least do the basics, just press the auto-correct button.
Do you snap photos on the fly too?
What are some of your tips?
Check out our other Photography articles:
- Tips for Photographing People
- How to Improve Your Travel Photography – Part 1
- Improving Your Travel Photography Part 2: Editing Your Photos
We also recommend Bethany Salvon’s“Getting Out of Auto” photography ebook to those looking to improve their photography and understand how to take advantage of their camera. You can read our review here