We have all, at one point or another, missed what we would like to think are award winning photographs. Whether they are or not is secondary; the point is, we missed it — or we messed it. I believe that a lot about your photograph is determined moments before you press the shutter, so making right decisions at that moment is vital.
A few words of introduction
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Now onto my five tips: some people will give you a list of 10 or twenty things to check, and I must say they are pretty thorough. But I do not believe in such lists because they are impractical. Your photo is probably gone by the time you check thing number nine, let along 19. This is why I brought down my list to 5. On the field, it just works.
Of course, your choice of shutter speed and aperture are two things you will check no matter what, so I have ruled them out of this list. Continue reading