How to put some Life back into a Dull Photography Session

Black and white photo of brightly lit statue against stormy sky in Paris, FranceCanon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens

Ever had one of those days: you're out there with your camera hunting (perhaps that was your first mistake) for photographs yet, the harder you search, the more illusive your quest becomes.

A simple technique, although that seems far too technical a word for the approach I'm suggesting, is to turn around and see the world anew. The light is now coming from a different direction and, more often than not, you'll start to see your surroundings in, dare I say, a different light.

Alternatively look up above and around you or, otherwise, look downwards. The point is that by changing the way you look at the world you will, as a consequence, change the way you see the world.

The above photo was made during a tourist jaunt around Paris on a double-decker bus. It was a hoot, particularly on the top level where the bus is open without windows or a roof. Great for photography, although I wish the bus driver would have moved along at a slower rate.

The scene in question was quite a sight, a golden statue shimmering in the light against a stormy bluish sky. But, for today's post, I've opted for a black and white rendering. Its more subtle than the color version, but the variations in tone in statue and sky alike add just the right about of contrast to the image.

Now the first thing is to get out and about. Its helpful if you approach your photography in a relaxed manner with your head uncluttered of usual day to day concerns. Just get out there, walk around and breathe, and be open to what you see. And if things aren't going as well as you expected, remember to turn around, and look up or down to change the way your perceive the world around you.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru