Rowan611 wrote in post #2637051
...did you encounter and problems with visitors while you were there? ...Any thoughts that might help a newby like myself?
No I did not have any problems with visitors...This is probably due to the age of this graveyard...It dates back into the 1800s...Mostly now its a tourist attraction; I only saw three people the whole time I was shooting (about 3.5 hrs).
The only tips I can think of is to think like a photographer...
What I mean by this is don't think like a person who is visiting loved ones and wants a snapshot of the grave with flowers on it.
FIRST, think about the style you want to shoot, be it grungy or more pretty flowers on graves etc.
THEN, get dirty. Don't be afraid to get on your knees or belly to get some interesting angles, I was on the ground about 60% of this shoot. The other times I was holding the camera above my head or finding other ways to shoot a subject that a normal person would shoot standing and straight on.
Shallow depth of field helps eliminate distractions; I shot this whole gallery @ f/4 except a few images. (max aperture of the 17-40)
Look BEFORE you shoot. This will help you from having 400 pictures and none of them are keepers, or what you were looking to get
Do some interesting effects in photoshop, this will help give your photos the look you were shooting for. Keep the effects that you would like to do in mind WHILE you are shooting. "Oh this would be a cool shot in black and white with a selective coloring on that _______" etc.
THANKS FOR THE COMMENT; and please share your photos when you finish. HAPPY SHOOTING!