Pro ad­vice An­drew’s 4-step guide to bet­ter projects 1

Practical Photography (UK) - - Personal Project -

DO YOUR HOME­WORK

Re­search your sub­ject thor­oughly be­fore you be­gin, and con­tinue to do so as you work on the project. The in­ter­net is a great source of in­for­ma­tion on a wide range of sub­jects. Con­tact and seek ad­vice from ex­perts, ex­plain­ing what you want to do and ask for their in­put. Lastly, you should also join on­line fo­rums and groups that fo­cus on your sub­ject.

CRE­ATE A PLAN

If you’re un­der­tak­ing a wildlife project, cre­ate a month-by-month cal­en­der of the sub­ject’s yearly ac­tiv­ity. Then, set out the goals you want to achieve each month, where you have to be to pho­to­graph your sub­ject and the im­ages you want to cre­ate. This will mean that you’ll put your­self in the right place at the right time.

KEEP GO­ING

There will be times when ev­ery­thing seems to be go­ing wrong. Work­ing with wildlife can be both agony and ec­stasy. There will be pe­ri­ods when your sub­ject just doesn’t play ball. When times get tough, keep go­ing and never give up. The harder you work, the luck­ier you’ll get.

EN­JOY NA­TURE

As well as spend­ing time fo­cused on tak­ing wildlife pho­tos, you should also take the time to pause and just en­joy be­ing with na­ture. The var­i­ous health ben­e­fits of spend­ing time in the nat­u­ral world are well-doc­u­mented. Spend­ing all of your time look­ing through the viewfinder of a cam­era can be ex­haust­ing. There will be times when you should just put the cam­era down and watch.

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