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Photo Tip Friday; Take reference shots

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When out on a long days shoot it is easy to forget exactly what has been shot that day.

With digital photography there is a very simple solution. Get into the habit of shooting the first shot of a series of a label or a sign that tells you exactly what you are shooting. For example this shot below was my first shot.

Clematis Omoshiro label

Clematis Omoshiro label

Subsequent shots I then knew were of a Clematis Omoshiro.

Clematis Omoshiro

Clematis Omoshiro

This tip works with any type of sign, label, information point etc. It works well with travel photography too.  Remember take the first shot of the sign, the rest of the subject.

When you come to a new subject just take the first photograph of the sign or label the rest of the photographs of the subject. This technique makes it much easier to caption your images when editing.


Author: Stephen Studd Photography

Stephen graduated from LCP in London in 1987 with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in photography. Since then he has travelled the world as a professional freelance travel & garden photographer. His photography has been published in many areas around the globe; from front cover of National Geographic magazine, to countless travel books, brochures and print media. His work has also been used in many advertising campaigns, with clients such as Fiat, Citigroup, Caribou Coffee, Expedia, BBC and countless others and his photography has picked up numerous international awards.. Stephen leads travel photography holidays and tours to Burma, Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Vietnam & the USA. He also leads Bluebell photography workshops in Gloucestershire and landscape photography workshops in the Gower, Wales. Stephen can be contacted for commissions via his photography website.

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