Archive for August 20th, 2008

The Key to Great Photos: Location and Timing

August 20, 2008

“Early Madness”
© Copyright Camil Seisanu

We’ve written before about how important location and timing are to produce great photos. It’s so important that I’m writing about it again — and we’ll probably write about it some more in the future.

Michael Reichmann, a professional photographer for over 40 years, states in one of his articles in the Photobird Learning Center that the two most essential elements of photography are location and timing. Not shutter speed, not aperture, not white balance, not ISO. It’s not important how many megapixels your camera has, or whether you have a compact camera or an SLR. In fact, the photo shown above, “Early Madness” by Camil Seisanu, was shot using a 5-megapixel, medium-sized camera from 2006, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1.

As Reichmann says, “You can have the greatest lenses, and possess the finest technique, but if you’re not able to shoot at an interesting location you’re unlikely to produce successful images.”

Reichmann also writes about the concept of “The Decisive Moment”: that split-second where all of the compositional elements coalesce, which, when captured by a fortunate photographer, result in an indelible picture. A perfect example of this is in Camil’s photo above, with the sun rising, its red-orange color cast on the water and the sky, and the split-second timing of snapping the shutter button when the bird is taking off. None of that would have happened if Camil hadn’t been there at sunrise — with his camera, battery charged, and memory cards empty, ready to go.

Be sure to check out the Photobird Learning Center for more helpful content.