I’m constantly amazed at how much I can change the circumstances of a photo with some simple adjustments.  Rather than keep some of these tips to myself, I figured I’d share them with you.  Without further ado, my first tip:

Turn around.

See?  Simple.  I wouldn’t lie to you.

Have you ever walked down a trail or a path or a street and felt as though you’re in a scene from The Flintstones?  You know the one – Barney or Fred runs through their house to get the mail or chase the Great Gazoo and the background repeats itself several times, over and over.  Sometimes real life can feel that way too.  Perhaps you are on a beautiful trail in Gatineau Park but inspiration just isn’t, well, inspiring you.  Try the following:

Step 1: Turn around.

Step 2: Walk that way.

Again, simple.  But you’d be amazed at how this can change your perspective on the things.  In our park example above, simply turning around can introduce a different angle of light and shadows, alter how the wind interacts with the environment, change the angle of a shot, and much more.  You’d also be amazed at how much you may have missed along the way.  Simply turning around and looking backwards can reveal new patterns, textures, or colours.

Give it a try in whichever context you find yourself next with a camera.  I’d love to hear in the comments below if you find that it inspired a photo that you’d otherwise may not have taken.

Next post hint – pick a prime.