- Chapter 1 – What Tools and Equipment do you need?
- Chapter 2 – Mounting a Basic Outdoor Shoot
- Chapter 3 – The Importance of Light Box
- Chapter 4 – Taking Photos Using your Light Box
- Chapter 5 – POST PHOTO EDITING: The Basics
- Chapter 6 – Frequently Encountered Problems
- Chapter 7 – Key Points [You are here]
I hope that the preceding chapters are of great help to you and your journey in photography. We have only discussed the basics in watch photography which gives rise to the need to experiment and practice more. As mentioned many times in this book, practice is of greater significance than what you have learned from any reading materials about photography. Experience will teach you more practical techniques and strategies that you can use in your photo shoots. To help sum up what you’ve learned, below are the key points that you should always bear in mind.
- Prep work is of utmost importance
As the cliché goes, prevention is better than cure. If you want to avoid problems later, better pre-empt and take action sooner. In the previous chapters, what to do in the preparation phase have been discussed. First and foremost, do not forget to insert your memory card. This might sound funny but it happens to photographers most of the time. And believe me the situation can be very frustrating especially if you got everything on set already. This will take you more time and effort. Second, make sure that the watch and its background is dust free. A single speck of dust can ruin your shoot. Make sure that your set is dust free to avoid post photo edit work. Lastly, set the watch on your desired hand position. It is your choice whether you will use the 10:10 rule. Instead of waiting for the watch hand to reach the desired position before shooting, have the watch set first before starting your shoot.
- Start Right
Start your photo shoot with presence of mind. When you start right, the probability is that you will also end right. Most unsuccessful photographers will set aside potential problems because they rely on the power of their photo editing software. As much as possible, do your best to take flawless photos to avoid extra work later. It is also much nicer to come up with natural looking photos than those that you can recognize being edited. To succeed in photography, set in your mind that editing software is an enhancing tool not a corrective one. Do your best during the photo shoot because it is where awesome outputs are being generated. During the photo shoot, control the factors that might affect your takes. As much as possible, resolve the issues manually because not only it will produce appealing shots but it will also teach tips and techniques.
- Experience is the Primary Measure of Mastery
In photography, there is no other greater way to measure your talent than your experience. If you want to succeed in photography, it will take time to for you to prove your talent in this field. There are plenty of photographers and not everyone lasts in this field. There will be tons of challenges that will be faced before you can see a career in photography. If you are still a beginner, I advise that you spend time to do practice shoots. Experiment with your camera and your set because you will learn a lot from it. Re-read the book and experiment with the lessons and tips you have learned. When you are already have knowledgeable of the basics, the rest will rely on your creativity and resourcefulness. There is no harm in experimenting so snap away!
- Practice is the Key
There is no other way to develop your skills and talent in photography than practicing. A good concept is useless without proper execution. Be persistent in continuously repeating what you have learned from your experience and from this book. Practicing is a win-win situation for you because it will not cost you money plus it will teach you a lot in photography.
Below are some takes that are forced to be reckoned with. I am hoping that these pictures will inspire you to spend more time practicing and experimenting. Kudos!