It’s been a long year and with holidays approaching the mind tends to wander to delightfully distant destinations far from the office and responsibility. But featured photographer, Lee Malan, reminds us why this can be the best time of the year to pick up your camera, revel in refreshed creativity and get snapping!
It’s holiday time! Time to kick off your shoes and relax! Right? Well not necessarily. Rather than gluing yourself to the couch, this is the perfect time to repack your camera bag and glue it to your back instead. Your camera and you must reach a point where you are both so connected and in tune that you can’t imagine ever being apart from each other again…
This really is the best time of the year to practice all those crazy ideas you have. Take a go at documentary style shooting and use the skills you have learnt during the year to capture the people in your life and the new surroundings you find yourself in. You never know where you will end up and who you will be meeting. Those unforgettable moments always happen when you least expect it and to have your camera close and actually snapping will guarantee you that million dollar shot you can brag to your friends and family about for the rest of the holiday. Or at the very least, you will have recorded a memorable moment that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Being in new environments and having new experiences is a great way to reinvigorate the mind and soul and feed off the creativity which comes with new inspiration. Interact with as many new people as you can, take yourself out your comfort zone, live your life and remember to capture every second of it along the way!
Dreading spending your precious weeks cooped up with the family and those distant relatives you manage to avoid all year only to be forced to live with every day over the holiday season? Take out your camera and practice your portrait shots. Chances are there will be loads of festive moments and perhaps a couple of tense and disastrous ones too which would look great on camera. Animation is what you are looking for. You can never have enough images of your family and some years down the line you will be grateful to have snapped them. It’s always fun to go and relive those moments.
Take this time to get to know your camera inside and out. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with its limitations and know how far you can stretch it too. Diminish your own limitations and brush up on your editing skills. The more you learn now, the better it will prepare you for the new year.
Don’t forget, you aren’t the only one who needs pampering over the holidays. Do a service check on your gear and make sure it’s as refreshed and rejuvenated after the break as you are. When you go out shooting don’t forget your speedlight, this will add a bit of juice and flavour to your shots. But most importantly holidays are about having fun so try new ideas, keep clicking and just go wild!