I took this picture yesterday and was just playing around. Anybody who knows me knows that I usually have my cameras with me and I’m taking random shots of just about anything. I may never use the image. I may use it as a background. I may use only part of the image. Regardless of how I use it, it’s in the digital filing cabinet forever. This image was never intended to be anything other than, well a test shot while I was just playing around with settings. I started looking at it , though, and it just jumped out at me as some sort of car ad. The big clear front windshield, the nice motion blur going down the road. It’s a car ad, right? At least that’s what it was screaming at me. It’s funny how some final images started out as throw-aways.
It really demonstrates my “tip of the day” – DO NOT DELETE IMAGES IN CAMERA! Stop fumbling around on vacation, or on the shoot, or at an event with the images you just shot trying to determine what’s good and what’s not. There are really only two things I use my digital viewfinder for: 1) checking for correct exposure and 2) helping me compose a shot (my 60D with it’s articulating viewfinder helps tremendously with this one). Well, make that three. I also use it to access my camera’s menu system.
With memory cards as cheap as they are these days you’ll have plenty of room on the card. Review your images when you get home. While you’re at the event/game/party/wedding or whatever it is you’re shooting – Just shoot.