For those who have been following my daily articles, you have been working quite hard lately learning all the various photo hints and rules... Now let us try our hands at a really enjoyable photo endeavor - that may make you well-known in your community! We just don't understand what, although I know that those of us who've been bitten by the photo bug often wake up in the morning wanting to shoot at something!
Here's a job that can be carried out in a few minutes or can continue years - and it's entirely up to you...
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Most communities have some type of historical society. Try contacting the local library, in case you can not locate a listing for one. Once you've tracked them down, pay them a visit and request to see old pictures of the area. Find an opportunity taken back as far as the middle 1800's, possible is ideal, and get a copy of the photo. Now take your gear, go to the exact same spot and shoot a modern day photo from precisely the same vantage point, etc. Try to duplicate as a lot of the photo as you can... if there is a horse and buggy going down the road, contain an automobile at exactly the same place in your photo. If there are people wandering down the sidewalk, place some people in yours also! I'm certain you know what I mean! You are attempting to duplicate as much as you can. (Do not forget to shoot the photo at the same time of day!)
Print them out side by side, once you are done. This project will teach you more than you can really ever predict! It'll not only teach you the best way to work with your equipment, but it's going to teach you to try to find and be observant of details. Not only that, this project is well suited for kids just starting out in photography all the way through old retired professional shooters. It all depends on you and how much detail you want to carry.
For example... In the initial photograph with folks strolling down the pavement... does your photo reveal them?
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A photo by a teenaged beginner may not. It's OK. Shoot at your own level! Are you more complex? In that case the strollers are comprised! We may even go deeper if you want to... Is it the same size family group as the original? Are they made up of the same mix? (Guy, girl, three children.)
In other words, you can keep it simple - no people at all! Just the location. Or you'll be able to get as elaborate as you desire. This job is a surefire method to get known in your community - once people have seen your before and after pictures. Compile them in a collection and donate a copy to the neighborhood historical society, library, Chamber of Commerce.
Subsequently, do it! Before long you will have enough of them to put together a 'then and now' type of publication! Chambers of Commerce love this sort of thing!
YOU'RE going to love this photo job! Not only will you've got a great deal of fun, learn to master your equipment and produce a critical photo 'eye.' You will quickly become known locally for your photography! To find out more, check the resources box!