When I arrive in a new town or location I try to identify the unique features that identify the location and then emphasize these features in my images.
I was in Hamilton for a few days and knew that rowing on the river was a regular activity. On this morning the mists that the Waikato is famous for were present so an early morning walk by the river seemed a good idea. I was walking beside the river and feeling disappointed that I hadn’t found any good images, when suddenly, out of the mist, came the rowers. As they went sweeping past I had to act quickly to get the image before they disappeared into the mist again. The key to reacting quickly to a situation is knowing your equipment well and having the camera modes and settings already set up for anticipated images. Photography is all about light. While you don’t have control of the position of the sun, you can predict where the sun will be at different times of the day, and of the year. Then return to a scene at the time when the sun will be where you want it. Sometimes this can mean waiting several months, but it is worth the effort.
To make your images stand out try different angles. Don’t shoot everything from shoulder height. Try shooting from ground level, or find a way of getting a high viewpoint.
Find other elements to include in the image, such as vegetation in the foreground of a landscape. To give landscapes a three-dimensional quality, make sure you have elements that are close to the camera – a foreground, as well as middle ground and background. The key thing is not to be overwhelmed with the technical aspects of photography and remember taking photos is all about having fun. Whatever your level, your photography will improve if you practice it, so go out and enjoy.