Show the world what you're capable of.

29 October 2018 ● 2 mins read ● 3 images

Recently, I was out & about with a friend who mentioned that "having an Instagram account that shows one style of photography is probably the way to go." For some photographers this may be the case, but I have too much to share. What I'd like to share is how I achieved capturing photos no matter the setting.

Here are a few to consider.

❶ The ravine park photo with the bridge in the background - It was pretty dark down there. I was shooting with a 14-140 f3.5 lens that doesn't allow much light in via aperture settings. So, I opted for ISO 3200. That has the potential of showing a lot of "noise". Shutter speed was at 1/40, so I had to be very still. Thankfully, the Panasonic G85 (#G8 here in Japan) has dual image stabilization. One in camera and one in lens. Bonus. I "muddied the frame" a bit by showing the fern on the right. Post edits were not that intense and I like to keep the images looking a bit natural.

❷ Finding contrasting or complimentary colors can help your images look more compelling. How do you use them? A bright bike in front of a gray garage door? Orange tiger in the green jungle? For me, it was finding something that folks might overlook. Girders. Bridges. Colors. f5.2 - 1/250 - ISO 200

❸ Photographing live music is a challenge. I like to travel lightly, so having a big flash really bugs me. I will take my flash to shows if I really need to, but using my on-board flash is my preferred means of capturing moments. About 10 years ago, I used the consumer rig Nikon D5000 and the flash would fire very quickly and I miss that. For this shot (and many others), I used the #LumixG6 and the flash isn't as fast (meaning, I can't shoot shot after shot after shot quickly - rapid fire) 🔥My live music settings are ALWAYS the following settings: f5.6 - ISO 200 (shutter speed changes slightly, but flux between 1/3 and 1/10) I like to see a little movement of my subject matter.

The point of all this? Just take beautiful photos. Have fun. Create something that's compelling. ✨Build skills and show the world what you're capable of. ✨

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Really interesting to read the thoughts behind your photos. I don't agree with having an ALWAYS anything, but we can agree to disagree :-)

Incidentally, Todoroki is one of my favorite retreats as well.

Jason Garcia - Creative Director in Tokyo, Japan Jason Garcia Creative Director 31 October 2018

Ian Bayne Thanks for chiming in. I appreciate it. I guess I've found great success with those settings for live music photography. For me, the super still shots that don't show motion aren't my thing and I gravitate towards what I know best. Let's just say I'm NOT GOOD at most other settings for shooting rock & roll. 😂I need more practice! 👍

Fair enough, Jason Garcia!
> I need more practice!
You and me both, brother!

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