5.40am, on a sleepy Thursday morning, I dragged myself out of bed and traveled to Singapore’s favorite park, the Singapore Botanic Gardens. A total of three and a half hours and 1 litre of perspiration was spent there. It was an experience like no other and I learnt much from this expedition myself.
If you are interested in photography lately like me, then here’s some tips you should take note before you embark on your own expedition.
Tip #1 Put on a comfy pair of sports/track shoes
Yes, yes I know. donning track shoes/slippers on jeans is just about the number one fashion crime one should never ever commit. But truth is, ya killing yourself if you choose to stick to the good ol’ sneakers. [Sneakers] being old isn’t a bad thing, it’s just the already thin cushion that gently supports the foot is beat up after years of usage, one’s foot will feel sour like lemons after hours of uphill, down-slope photo hunting. I know. It happened to me.
Rather than go through the pain on foot, why not just endure the pain of looking like a douche for that few hours? Grab a good pair of track/running shoes and you’re already on your way to snapping good pictures. In fact, while you are at it, get some not-too-tight-nor-too-baggy pants to facilitate easy squatting when taking photographs.
Remember, comfort equals better quality photographs.
Tip #2 Lighten up
The second mistake that I made was carrying too much stuff. My second bag, a Frankie mag, iPad, portable charger, and many other stuff. If you’re the go-getter type of a person like me, who don’t particularly enjoy taking breaks when pursuing the perfect shot, then you gotta lighten up, get rid of all the inessentials.
Remember, less is more.
Tip #3 Gauge your time
I can’t stress the importance of this. Sure, you have an eye for the perfect photo, but just can’t seem to snap it down on camera. We all get that a lot. Yet, don’t spend an entire hour trying to snap that photograph! Precious time is wasted while doing so, this is especially so for landscape outdoor shots whereby the shifting of the sun affects the look of the subject with every minute past. Taking a huge amount of time to snap the photo of one subject may jeopardize the taking of photos of the other subject of interest.
So gauge your time well. There are no hard and fast rules though. Cater it to your preference.
(This is with the exception of certain subject matter such as wildlife or lightning.)
Tip #4 Always ask
Sure, we all feel like a master photographer and that everybody wants us to take a photo of them. But that is further from the truth. I believe discernment plays a huge part in this area; like discerning if this person is a meanie, or had a terrible morning and would gnash his teeth at ya if one is to spontaneously aim the camera lens at him. Word of caution, you should ask for permission when taking photographs of the other party’s kid or pet, for your own good. Some people are generally nice, but turn into an angsty Green Hulk when you aim at his kid or pet.
But of course you can always take the risk of snapping pictures of others from afar or behind their back (things that I will do 😉 ).
And once you’re up and ready, go out there and take a shot at the world!