If you’ve ever wondered how photographers are able to take shots of landscapes under the best lighting conditions, or how they are able to capture animals in such interesting positions, the answer is not necessarily Adobe Photoshop. The first requirement is a good lens; the second is patience. A landscape, for instance, looks different at different times of the day. Depending on the location, it can be prettier in the morning, in the afternoon or just as the sun is going down. Timing is an important factor.
In the case of animals, you stand (or crouch or lie on your belly) where you can’t possibly scare the animal away with the camera focused on it. Then, you wait until it strikes an interesting pose, or move against a great backdrop, and shoot. Or, if you have a large capacity memory card, you can shoot in sequence and, later on, you choose which is the best.
Chance photos that are exceptional in composition and lighting are rare. So, unless you’re the kind who doesn’t mind faking photos — you wait. Take the moon as another example. It’s just a white sphere against the black sky. But if you wait until the wind carries the clouds near the moon, you get great shots.
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