Shoot Local

By Rick Sammon

Some photographers travel to the far corners of the planet to get inspired and to create new and exciting images. However, you don’t need to make long-distance jaunts to get motivated and to learn something new, not to mention getting better at composition and photography in general. Here’s the idea: Go back to the same place, close to home, again and again and promise yourself that you will take a totally different type of photograph. You can accomplish this by going to the same spot at different times of day, photographing under different weather conditions, using different lenses, creating black-and-white images, shooting from different angles, using different filters and experimenting with camera settings. I do that myself close to home on a regular basis at the New Croton Dam in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. This idea is not only productive, but fun!