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Decoys Like Curves – Photoblog of the Week

It’s been a few weeks since our last Photoblog of the week – but today’s is a great one and should make up for it. Today’s Photoblog is Decoys Like Curves – a photoblog by Lee Gribbon. Lee currently lives in Japan (which is reflected in many of his shots) and takes a variety of types of photography from portraits to landscape. I particularly like some of his longer exposure shots like this).

Lee has been kind enough to submit two photographs, a description of his digital camera gear and a quick tip for DPS readers to keep in mind as they shoot.

Old Man Aji Temple 2202200 Copy

Lee’s Digital Photography Gear

I use a Canon EOS 30D. I use a Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens for all the landscape shots I take, and quite a few others too! It’s an addictive perspective; I’ve always loved wide angle. I have a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 which I take with my when I’m walking around towns and cities; it’s fast aperture, near ‘normal’ perspective, and compact size make it perfect for shooting candids.

I also have a Canon EF 50mm f1.4, and a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8. I like primes. They really encourage you to walk around and explore perspective. If you’re starting out in photography, I really recommend buying a single prime in the 30-50mm range, and just taking hundreds and hundreds of photos. This will help you find your particular style, and also where your future lens purchases may lie – e.g., if you find yourself wishing for something longer, it’s time to invest in a telephoto.

Other than that, I’m frequently using my tripod and my cable release. These are helpful for taking multiple shots of the same scene to combine later in post-processing.

Finally, I use a Fujifilm FinePix F30 when I don’t want to lug around my SLR.

Lee’s Digital Photography Tip

I guess my piece of advice to anyone photographing (myself included!), would be that whatever you’re photographing, whether it’s people, landscapes, flowers, street, whatever, whenever you think you’ve taken enough photos, take some more

Explore the surroundings a little further, or get closer to your subject, or fiddle with the aperture or shutter speed for creative effect.

Often, the shots where I followed this principle have become my favorites. Also, although digital cameras have LCD playback, those screens are small and often in the midst of excitement we may think we have the shot we want, when in reality the focus may be off, the subject’s expression may not be quite right, or something else might be amiss.

Taking more shots than you think you’ll need can help minimize the chance of these things from ruining your perfect photo op.

Lees Beach Rock Sunset Aji Copy

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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