The theme of this weeks challenge in the #52Assignments series is how to time your visit to make the most of a special view, place or event. As this is a cat blog, the focus includes the effective use of late sun on cat photos and the use of evening light.
The aim of the chapter is to discover attractive locations and shoot them at the most beautiful times of the day. For places like London, or a major European or American city, this might be a building of importance or a view from a tall building seen at sunrise or sunset. For me, as a cat lover, finding good photos in special light of the cat crew was a goal here too.
Remember that this can be one of the blights of Instagram. People inevitably head to the same point for a selfie (see last week) which puts pressure on the environment so hunt out a new view, a less pressured area for your shot. Look for lines that lead your viewer’s sight to the viewpoint (or your cat).
Timing and Photo Apps
The chapter gives hints about different weather conditions and how they might benefit your photos. Clouds may make it less sunny but they can diffuse light which is helpful for reflective or shiny surfaces. You could also make a project of one location in different seasons or weather conditions, especially if you can include a cat!
Getting the timing right is about maps and maths and there are apps that can help you plan your shots before you visit…Adam Juniper
The app recommended is PhotoPills. It helps you work out sunrise and sunset in any location, giving you the chance to be in the right place at the right time. The software is available for iOS and Android and the site is comprehensive and has a helpful official user guide, and workshops.
What kind of tags would I use when I time my visit?
- #YourAppOfChoice e.g. #photopills (developers will like you!)
- #YourBlog e.g. #DashKittenCrew
If you are keen to time your visit, then an app might help especially if you go to a major tourist spot, or if you are visiting a cat rescue in a different country or state. Arriving too late to take good pictures might spoil your trip, so a little planning can make a big difference to your photos.
The 52 Assignment Posts Details:
- Join the journey in my special DashKittenPhotos account on Instagram.
- You can find the book 52 Assignments Instagram and the rest of the series via this Amazon link.
- Read the book review that started the series.
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Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.
She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.