Photography Do’s and Don’ts

Grammatical exceptions aside, here is a quick list of photography “do’s and don’ts” I’ve formulated from my field experience.

Just for a little fun.

Do; Keep a charged extra camera battery on your body when working.

Don’t; Offer unsolicited critique of another person’s photograph.

Do; Keep a lens cloth with you when working.

Don’t; Use a UV filter on your lens.

Do; Keep spare lens caps.

Don’t; Show a client a photograph that is unflattering towards them.

Do; Learn how to use your flash.

Don’t; Forget to bring your flash.

Do; Keep extra camera memory chips with you.

Don’t; Photograph the south end of a north bound animal.

Do; Make prints of your photos.

Don’t; Forget to back-up your digital images.

Do; Learn post processing.

Don’t; Count on earning much money from your selfies.

Do; Take your camera with you when you leave the house.

Don’t; Leave your camera gear in the car overnight.

Do; Consider your lens as more important than the body it’s on.

Don’t; Work for the promise of “exposure.”

Do; Keep your camera’s sensor clean.

Don’t; Brag about your expensive camera gear.

Do; Keep a hand towel in your camera kit.

Don’t; Forget to clean your camera equipment when you’ve returned from the field.

Do; Respect the other photographers in your work area, they have as much right to be there as you.

Don’t; Forget to fill the gas tank the evening before the trip.

Do; Own a rocket blower.

Don’t; Change lenses in the wind.

Do; Keep a pair of gloves in the vehicle.

Don’t; Suddenly stop your vehicle with a camera laying on the passenger’s seat.

Do; Put the window down before you see the animal.

Don’t; Make noises to get the animal to look up.

Do; Turn the engine off when shooting from the vehicle.

Don’t; Step in the moose poop.

Do; Check your shoes.

Grand Finale

Another season of Autumn Photography comes to a close here so I thought I’d put together a gallery of some of my personal favorite Autumn Landscape Photographs from my journeys through Colorado over the past 10 years.

It’s difficult to choose which images to include as I have close to 500 commercial photographs, but this selection represents my personal photographic vision.

Fine Art Print of each of these photographs and others are now available in my online Fine Art Prints sales gallery.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, now is the time to order the gift of art. You may visit my print sales gallery by clicking the link below.

Gray Photography Fine Art Photographic Prints

 

Autumn Blizzard Near Telluride, Colorado
Owl Creek Pass Near Ridgway, Colorado
The Sneffels Mountain Range and the Ralph Lauren Ranch Near Ridgway, Colorado
Misty Morning Near Crested Butte, Colorado.
Long, Tall Aspens on Kebler Pass, Colorado
Sunrise Mist on Kenosha Pass, Colorado
The Last Dollar Ranch Near Placerville, Colorado
Crystal Lake on the Million Dollar Highway in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
Autumn Road Near Ironton, Colorado
Sunrise Frost Near Red Mountain Pass, Colorado
Pond on the Ralph Lauren Ranch, Colorado
Winter and Autumn Collide on the Dallas Divide, Colorado

Photography Occurs in the Conditions That Exist

Landscape photography by Gary Gray
Autumn on the Ralph Lauren Ranch

Camera packs. I have many of them and it’s always a curious challenge for me determining which gear I’ll take on a trip and what is left in the cabinet.

I always have these fearful visions of my vehicle breaking down in the middle of nowhere with a boat load of photography equipment inside. Oh yeah, insurance is a good thing but it doesn’t really alter the mental convolution process.

For this trip, I’m packing my landscape kit; however, I’ll bring along the big lens just in case I run across some wildlife that begs to be photographed. I’ve heard that the moose are moving into the San Juans, so who knows? Maybe I’ll come back with a few wildlife shots as well.

My friend Jon and I have been discussing our plan of attack on the San Juan Mountains via email for the past two months. Every day, a new flurry of insightful thoughts are exchanged, google map locations examined, discussions about the weather predictions and announced road closures are factored in to our ruminations.

There are eyes on the ground reports too. A number of friends making the same trek, all reporting their sightings and impressions of how the color is developing in the mountains. Predictions of an early Fall, bad color, blown leaves, mold and mildew and smoke from fires. I never worry about the negatives, because I know from experience that all these variable conditions are, well, variable. One learns to photograph the event as the event exists, not as one wishes it to exist.

Take 2017 for example.  My visit to the San Juans was punctuated by lousy weather. Clouds, cold weather, sketchy color conditions. End result of last years trip was I got one of my best selling photographs from those conditions.

Nope, time to quit worrying about things that can be less than optimal or go wrong. Time to finish packing the gear and make the journey. I’ll find good shots, just like I do every year. Those shots will occur in the conditions that exist when we get there.