Some opportunities for great shots just happen in front of you. The articles on fast fingers, proper camera setting and coding explain they are a large part of getting those shots. So how do you get the rest of the great shots? You have to plan for them. It means you have to hunt for the spots to shoot them and what you really want to shoot. The timing is also critical. If you want an impressive shot of the town do it at daybreak, sunset or nighttime because daytime shots are usually more contrasting and bland. That is not always the case but unless you do something or shoot something special it is usually the result. If you are strictly a daytime shooter, try black and white.
If you are doing wildlife photography, you need to become a hunter. You need to do the same things that hunters do. You need to study the prey, you need to study the terrain and maybe go do some scouting. After all, you are doing exactly the same thing except you shoot with a camera instead of a weapon of some sort. You need to be close, you need to be sure of what you are shooting and you need to be very cautious depending on what animal you are going to photograph. Do your homework before you go shooting to see how the animals you are going after photograph may react. Some will not be happy and could be aggressive. Be prepared or do not go.
I do get some questions about “paranormal” photography. I have only done this a few times but I plan on doing some more in the future. I need to say a couple of things about doing this type of work. You will be shooting in the dark most of the time. You will probably get some flash shots as well if you do not use an IR camera or filter if your camera will allow it. There is a lot of information out there about digitals and how easy the images can be manipulated. You do not have a “negative” like film cameras. That is why some sites say use film or both. That is not necessary if you use a high quality camera that allows you to shoot images in two formats. The Nikon I used and will use in the future will allow it to make dual images, basically a negative. Another thing is the exif information shows if the image has been altered so if you want to use strictly digital just be smart. If you use a simple point and shoot, you may have trouble with people taking you seriously. The shows on TV get around that with a high quality TV video camera showing the shots as well. I recommend a professional quality camera with another smaller camera as back up. I use all digital but the images can be verified. Some cameras like the Nikon D50 allow you to shoot with an IR filter on the lens and it may be something for you to consider.
Something about the act of shooting “paranormal” activities if you decide to get involved is what you will see and how you will react. I can promise you that you will eventually see something that will change your life. You may find things that you cannot explain or never thought existed. Do yourself a favor and talk about things sparingly and with people who will not say I have never seen anything or that cannot exist. Well sitting at home watching television or sleeping there is no way for them to see anything out of the ordinary. That is one reason they do not do it, they are afraid. They also cannot or will not admit things can happen and not be explainable because that means they have no idea about the world we live in. You can tell people who have really seen something and the ones that just say it cannot be. You have such an advantage over the naysayers. You have actually seen something they cannot imagine and just maybe you will get an image of it.
If you try this just be properly prepared and expect the unexpected. Not everything you think you see is what you think it is. Some things are not as simple as you might think either. Be careful and if you are going to do this, join a group and start slowly. Also if you go it alone, make sure someone knows where you are going, when you are going and when to expect you back, just in case.
The updates on the infringers will only be posted here in other articles as an add-on from now on. They will be posted on other sites but they are getting to the point of being almost too specific for a general discussion. The images and other things about the infringers are being posted to the naming sites and photography sites.
Disclaimer: I am not an attorney. These are my personal opinions and general information only. These are not legal advice and should not be used as such.