Wel­come to is­sue 65

NPhoto - - From the Editor - Chris George, Group Ed­i­tor-in-Chief chris.george@fu­turenet.com

Au­tumn is a special time for the out­door pho­tog­ra­pher. The ever-short­en­ing hours of day­light mean that you want to make the most of your week­ends be­fore win­ter re­ally sets in. And the glo­ri­ous colours of fall, that start to get at their best from late Oc­to­ber in my neck of the woods, act as a re­minder to head out in search of colour­ful fo­liage.

We are all crea­tures of habit, and there­fore it’s very easy for us to end up tak­ing the same set of shots when­ever we use our Nikons. I have an ob­ses­sion for shoot­ing mar­kets, for in­stance, and it is hard to break from tak­ing sim­i­lar pictures of stalls wher­ever I travel in the world. So how do you get your­self try­ing new sub­jects, and ap­proach the sea­son or sit­u­a­tion with a new set of eyes?

Head­ing out on a photo scav­enger hunt is one idea to try. Rather than you choos­ing what to pho­to­graph, you’re given a list of things you have to shoot, and the or­der to shoot them in. It’s a great team-build­ing ex­er­cise for non-pho­tog­ra­phers – but great fun for real pho­tog­ra­phers too.

You can go on a hunt on your own, but it’s more fun if you go out with a like-minded pho­tog­ra­pher or two. For this month’s fea­ture, I did just this. I headed on a road trip with my old mate Mar­cus Hawkins to see what our deck of scav­enger cards would force us to shoot. You can see how the game is played, and how we fared, on page 16.

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