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Think Before You Shoot -Part 1

Think before you shoot is concept I would encourage people to do more and more. If you want to improve your photography it really pays to think before you take what comes first in your mind.

When I’m at a spot and I really like the subject, the first thing that I do is to look around to see how I can improve the shot from where I first stood in front of it. 85% of the time, where you take your first picture is not the best angle.

The image below is not a snap but rather thought has gone into the shot. As you know I have a mad love affair with the skies and when I see awesome skies, that is like candy to a child for me. I just love it and for me the landscape or seascape is naked without the skies. The skies are everything to the land and sea scapes. The skies give it depth and context and a greater meaning.

The other concept in photography that is important are lead in lines. I have spoken about this before.

In this shot I have the awesome skies that are so important and for me to gain the lead in lines I stood in the water and the foam lines take me to the picture.

The foam also adds a greater depth to the picture. The uneven texture of the foam gives the depth.

I have to tell you that the water was so so cold and it took a while for me to be able to feel my toes but in the end it was what I was wanting in the shot. I had the awesome light, great skies and the leading lines just topped of the photo perfectly for me.

Think before you shoot and you’ll start growing more in your photography.


Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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