As most people that either follow my blog, or have taken one of my online classes with the PPSOP, or have attended my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshop will tell you, I’m a firm believer in creating photos in the camera, and by doing so it will make you a stronger more rounded photographer. At this point I always say that I use Photoshop all the time but sparingly; I prefer the challenge of making my photos in the camera.
If I had a quarter for every time I heard someone say, “Why worry about it now, I’ll just fix it later”, I would be looking out the window of my Gulf Stream G650 right now on the way to my villa on the Island of Bali while sucking down Sea Breezes….that’s a lot of quarters!!!
So now lets get down to the business as hand, taking the JoeB Challenge. For the next few times you go out shooting, return all your settings to their default, the way it came out of the box. Put your camera on manual and turn off the auto focus capability. Btw, the auto-focus feature is a luxury, not a necessity. Did you know that your camera is quite capable of taking great photos while being manually focused? You might feel naked for a few minutes, but it will pass. When you compose, remember that you won’t be able to crop or use any post processing back at the ranch….YIKES you say???? Do ye have little faith????
Trust me when I say it will make you a better photographer., and as my mother use to tell me when i was a kid (and as an adult), “When I tell you that a mouse can pull a house, don’t argue just hitch em’ up”.
Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my 2013 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Come shoot with me sometime. We’ll take the challenge together.
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