Get Creative: Look in all Directions!

by Linda Eodice

The Shore Behind Me
The Shore Behind Me
© Linda Eodice
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Very often when we go out to photograph a particular outdoor scene, we get a preconceived idea of what we want to shoot, and have a tendency to point the camera in just one direction. (At least, Iím certainly guilty of this!) But if we also turn to look to the left or right, or behind us, we may be rewarded with wonderful light or an even better composition than the one we set out to photograph.

For example, I recently traveled along the California coast and went on a photo trek along the beautiful 17-Mile Drive near Pebble Beach. Fortunately I arrived between rainstorms along the coast, and there was an interesting mix of sun and clouds. Before sunset, I arrived at a point of interest called The Restless Sea, and set up my camera and tripod. I started shooting pictures of the sun descending in the sky, and at one point, it broke through the clouds. I happened to look at the rocky shoreline behind me and discovered some warm, magical light. I managed to shoot just a few photos before the sun went back behind a cloud.

The next time you go out to photograph a sunset, be sure and take a look behind you. The lighting on the scene may be magical, and you may get some better images than the ones you originally planned for.

Facing the Sunset
Facing the Sunset
© Linda Eodice
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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Linda Eodice
Photography Instructor: Linda EodiceThe author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for BetterPhoto.com (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersenís PHOTOgraphic.

A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.

Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphicís Buyerís Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiotís Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.

Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitorís center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.

In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.

Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.