These photos are my first attempt with the tripod that Will bought me… for Christmas. I don’t want to hear about the fact that it’s May because I’ve already gotten that from him. The point of this is that it took me an hour and a half and I was about to throw the damn thing (camera included) over the fence. So here are a few tips for first time tripod users to not get to the point that I was at:
1) When you set up the shot, give yourself little marker points so that you know where to stand. I thought I was in the frame, popped off 20 shots, only to find that I cut off my head, arm, shoes, etc. This can be anything from a twig to stand on to a flower to be in front of.
2) Breathe. Slowly. And take a break if you feel the urge to throw your camera. Make sure to keep in mind that you need to hide the remote, keep an eye on the lighting, etc. I made silly mistakes when I started to get flustered around the hour mark.
3) Remember that it’s all trial and error. Lots and lots of error. But that’s good and by the end of it, I was getting much better pictures.
I think my neighbor was amused by it all. He asked what I was doing and then more questions about the blog. I’m sure he doesn’t see other tenants taking pictures of themselves and standing on benches everyday. Hey, whatever it takes, right?