In the event you have been following my daily posts, you have been working pretty hard recently learning all the various photo tricks and rules... Now let's try our hands at an extremely interesting photo endeavor - that could cause you to get famous in your community! I am aware that those of us who have been bitten by the photo bug frequently wake up in the morning wanting to shoot at something, but we just do not understand what!
Here's a project that may be done in a few minutes or can continue years - and it is absolutely up to you...
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Most communities have some sort of historical society. In the event that you can not locate a listing for one, try contacting the local library. Once you've tracked them down, pay them a visit and ask to see old pictures of the area. Find a chance taken back as far as the middle 1800's, possible is perfect, and get a duplicate of the photo. Now take your gear, go to the same area and shoot a modern day photo etc., from the same vantage point Try and duplicate as much of the photo as you can... if there is a horse and buggy going down the street, include a car at exactly the same spot in your photo. Whether there are folks strolling down the sidewalk, set some people in yours also! I'm sure you know what I mean! You're striving to reproduce as much as you can. (Do not forget to take the picture at the same time of day!)
Print them out side by side once you're done. This job will educate you more than you could really ever call! It'll teach you to try to find and be observant of details, although it'll not only coach you on the best way to work with your equipment. Not only that, this job is ideal for kids just starting out in photography all the way through old retired expert shooters. Everything depends on you and just how much detail you need to convey.
For example... In the initial photograph with folks wandering down the pavement... does your photo show them?
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A photo by a teenaged beginner may not. It is OK. Shoot at your own amount! Are you complex? In that case the strollers are contained! We can even go deeper in case you want to... Is it the same size family group as the first? Are they made up of exactly the same mix? (Guy, girl, three children.)
In other words, you can keep it simple - no individuals in the slightest! Only the location. Or you can get as complex as you want. This endeavor is a surefire way to get known in your community - once people have seen your before and after photos. Compile them into a collection and give a copy to the neighborhood historical society, library, Chamber of Commerce.
Afterward, do it again! Before long you are going to have enough of them to put together a 'then and now' type of novel! Chambers of Commerce adore this kind of thing!
YOU'RE going to enjoy this photo job! Not only will you have plenty of fun, learn to master your equipment and develop a critical photo 'eye.' You'll immediately become known locally for your photography! To find out more, check the resources box!