This was one of the first people at the fair I went up to and pestered, “May I please take your picture?” It’s always a let-down when folks say no. It’s always a pick-me-up when folks agree. It’s really magical when they agree, you take the shot, and you get something you like.
This was one of the first “bagged” shots I got that day. One of those shots that, even without the pretty newfangled LCD previewer (on the digital camera) you just KNOW came out.
Funny thing about photography. It’s a lot like psychology. There’s a mentality to shooting that “civilians” just don’t understand.
Once you get a “bagger” shot, you feel like the pressure’s off. You already brought home your “money shot” so, anything else you might happen to stubmle upon that day, is really just icing on the cake.
If you think you’re going for an “icing” shot, it changes your prespective. You take more risks. You try new things. You do stuff you might not otherwise do, had you not bagged your “money shot” already.
It’s always a good idea to get the obligatory shots out of the way. Frees up your mind to work on the obscure.
Everybody knows, or maybe they don’t, that great photography is about the obscure as much as it is about the stuff that’s right under your nose. If you want to be a good photographer, take good shots of the obligatory. If you want to be a great photographer, take good shots of the obligatory, get them out of the way, and then go for the obscure, the creative, the unusual. Show us something we’ve never seen before or present something in a very different light. Creativity makes all the difference in the world.
In photography, as in life, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. But you have to have the “money shot” out of the way to make room for all that risk.
Until next time…