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    This one was by instinct, but then again, when you use film and have to learn to trust yourself, you develop pretty good instincts. Not perfect, but pretty good. ;-)

    The first couple of nights in Paris, the Eiffel tower had two revolving spotlights emanating from the top of it. On the second night I set up to catch this and decided to expose for a two or three times as long as I had been, but covered the lens intermittently with my hands. The idea being I wanted to break the slowly rotating beams of light up into more distinct lines rather than them blurring into a halo of sorts. Or at least, that was sort of my thinking. It turned out alright. This time at least.

    So, photo tip #2. One of the great advantages to digital is the instant feedback. The ability to experiment and see the results immediately can be extremely helpful. The drawback to that instant feedback is that it is far too easy to rely on that little screen to confirm things for you. You begin to trust the camera to tell you if things are right or not instead of yourself. So my tip tonight is limit how much you use that screen. In fact, unless you are doing something highly experimental, try turning it off and not using it all for long stretches. Go a whole day of shooting without the confirmation the screen brings. Instead, learn to trust your own experience and instincts. You may gasp and say you could never make it a whole day without the reassurance that screen brings you. I would say that is precisely why you should do it. And then gently remind you that I do it all the time with my film cameras. It causes no apprehension in me at all to not see my exposures for days or weeks. But then again, I trust my knowledge and experience to a great degree. So, try it. Go a day. Look at the images when you get home. Realize that by god, you do know how to properly read a meter without the camera confirming it. Then leave your screen off another day. Then a week. Then just get in the habit of leaving it off all the time, turning it on only in those circumstances where the feedback is remarkably handy.

    Learn how to trust yourself. And trust me, you can do that. ;-)

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    1. jaysonphoto 38 months ago | reply

      Re: photo tip #2, you're right, Zeb. I'll give it a try...thanks for the challenge. :D

    2. miquelet 38 months ago | reply

      oh là là !

    3. Gary Randall 38 months ago | reply

      You didn't mention those amazing flares. Wonderful shot Zeb.

      You struck a chord with me now that I'm running film through my pinhole camera.

      Does that mean not looking at my histogram? :)

    4. j image 38 months ago | reply

      I like the results of your expertimentation. Big pay-off on this one, Zeb. So far this is my favorite Lady Eiffel portrait. Well done. Three cheers! :)

      Have a good weekend.

    5. negligible 38 months ago | reply

      The effect is very cool, nice one.

      Not sure I could not use my screen though! (Mainly because I find using a viewfinder quite tricky with glasses...)

    6. Luis Andrei Muñoz 38 months ago | reply

      great advice.
      wonderful shot. i like the effect and how it balances the light below; plus it's beautiful on film.

    7. VinothChandar 38 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot!!!

    8. Zeb Andrews 38 months ago | reply

      Ah, no problem, just use your screen for focusing and composition beforehand but not for after-the-fact confirmation. ;-) And I hear you on the glasses.

    9. J.Sod 38 months ago | reply

      Well said Zeb. When I first started shooting film a year or so ago it was a tough transition. It felt awkward, I felt awkward, and I had no confidence. Slowly over time though things changed, no longer was I worried about 'missing' the shot, I was just going with it trusting my instincts. Sure I still make mistakes but I am much more at ease with them, and I quite often come away with a photo I am proud of. Even if I don't get to see the negative until weeks later.

    10. S. P. Arrow 38 months ago | reply

      Cool light beams. Almost looks like a fireworks show.

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