10 Ways Photography Can Change Your Life (It Changed Mine)

10 Ways Photography Can Change Your Life (It Changed Mine). I’m not a big fan of list posts. They’re too formulaic, written with contrived expertise to amass links and likes. Boring…

“10 Ways” is different. It’s personal. It’s authentic. It’s inspiring.

And it’s just what I needed to counterbalance the stressful news of the past few days.

I also added Frankie’s blog to my regular “must read” list. It makes me smile. I hope it does the same for you. :-)

Cityhoppers by Adrian Sommeling

Cityhoppers by Adrian Sommeling (adrian_sommeling) on 500px.com

What a great picture!1

I like to take photographs from planes. If available, I’ll sit where the wing or engine doesn’t obstruct my view.

Unfortunately, there are always technical difficulties. The windows usually are dirty or scratched.2 The windows reflect whatever’s inside the plane.3 And the windows always are too low to look out for long periods of time (or I’m too tall).4

Although I’m not sure I’d want to sit on the wing, imagine the awesome, unobstructed views. :-)


  1. Photo credit: Cityhoppers by Adrian Sommeling. Used by permission. Click the picture for a large view on 500px. 
  2. I like to carry a damp microfiber cloth to clean the windows without scratching them. Unfortunately, I have no access to the outside of the window and if I did, I don’t think I could wipe off the frost that can form at higher altitudes. 
  3. To minimize this, I wear dark clothing and turn off my reading light. I’m looking into making a black velvet shroud with suction cups to completely block reflections, sort of like a homemade Lenskirt
  4. Sorry, no solution here. There’s not enough room between seats to slouch. I just get a sore neck. :-( 

Digital Grain

Taking pictures of fireworks on the Fourth forced me out of my comfort zone with my DSLR. I couldn’t use the programmed exposure mode. Instead, I used shutter priority, or what Canon calls Tv mode.

I was amazed at how easy it was: make a guess at an appropriate shutter speed, take the shot, and look at the LCD. Adjust and repeat.

I had to try again. Tonight, the subject is the view from the back porch swing, looking north. With some breezes moving the trees, I had to decrease the shutter speed even more, forcing me to increase the ISO to 1600 to get adequate exposure. The high ISO resulted in some digital noise.

I think I like it.

Now I want a tripod. ;-)