Mary Vignoles

Photo Editor
My Photo Editor Mind - Take a breath
Location: Salem, Oregon
Biography: I am an award-winning professional picture editor who has helped photographers tell their stories and elevate their work, whether it was still images or video. Every photo project, every portfolio, and every collection of photos must have a... read on
My Photo Editor Mind - Take a breath
mary vignoles
Sep 12, 2018
Take a breath. Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’ve said these words to quite a few people lately. Either 1) there is so much going on you can’t seem to cover it all, or 2) nothing is going on, and you know there is something happening but you just don’t see it or can’t find it. But running around like a crazy person isn’t the answer. Let’s take the first thing. You have a ton to cover, you need pictures of everything, that’s what the client wants. Okay, I get it. That’s tough, shoot everybody and everything. Whew! But instead of constantly running around, even if you have a few minutes at one site/event, stop and take a breath. Survey the land. Look around and focus on what you are going to shoot. 

Now, if the problem is that nothing is going on, running around chasing nothing isn’t going to help. Once again, survey the land. Set up in a place where the odds are good you might see something, get comfy and wait. It could be a scenic place so you would get a nice shot to begin with, and then again, take a breath and wait.

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