Traveling Away From The Midwest - Why “Knowing” Your Camera Helps You Create More Meaningful Photographs

Traveling Away From The Midwest - Why “Knowing” Your Camera Helps You Create More Meaningful Photographs

Images and Words by Jerred Zegelis

Going out of town can be an exciting adventure full of photographic opportunities. But sometimes these trips can be a little overwhelming! The new sights are unique to our sensibilities and suddenly it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

Old Pier by Jerred Zegelis

X-Pro2 23mm 1.4 ISO 250 F/9 1/250

This is where knowing your camera and lenses as best as you can comes into play.

First of all, you should know what your camera can do in different lighting situations. What are the best settings for bright sun? For night-time neon lights? Does it need a tripod to get great shots, or are you comfortable with boosting the ISO and hand-holding the camera?

Warehouse by Jerred Zegelis
X-Pro2 80mm Macro. ISO 200 F/4 1/1000

Secondly, you should know your lenses. How much can you fit into a frame? Do you have to get close or farther away to get the shot you want? Does your lens focus quickly, or are there situations where you might want to switch to manual focusing?

 

Apartments by Jerred Zegelis
X-Pro2 23mm 1.4. F/7.1 1/1000

 

In these photographs, for instance, I brought only two lenses to San Francisco for a trip a few years ago. I brought a 23mm lens and an 80mm only, but for each scene I knew exactly what I’d get with the lens I was using.

 

Vintage Car by Jerred Zegelis
X-Pro2 80mm Macro. ISO 200 F/3.2 1/8000

 

So how do you get there? Practice in YOUR city! Try to walk around your town with “new” eyes, focusing on seeing scenes through the lens and capabilities of your camera, making the most out of what is in front of you. That way, when you’re out of town, you can get right to business and take some fantastic photographs.

 

Sanfranciso by Jerred Zeglis
X-Pro2 80mm Macro. ISO 400 F/2.8 1/500

 

Sanfrancisco by Jerred Zegelis

X-Pro2 23mm 1.4. ISO 250 F/9 1/250

 

Building Image by Jerred Zegelis

X-Pro2 23mm 1.4 ISO 250 F/9 1/250

 

About Jerred Zegelis

Jerred or Mr. Z, as his students fondly know him, has been a photography teacher and photographer for more than 18 years. Jerred's goal for every class is for each student to find their voice through photography.

Jerred's former students include fashion photographers, landscape and art photographers, wedding and portrait photographers. 

Take a class with Jerred Z or another one of our talented instructors at Rockbrook Camera EDU - Class Calendar