Dimitri Vasileiou • Compromising Comfort

We all aim to set up our camera and tripod according to the chosen composition on each location and, sometimes, we opt for the most uncomfortable position. Dimitri Vasileiou expresses his thoughts on the importance of the final picture creation as well as our own comfort

Many things can be said about “getting old” and all the disadvantages, I dare say, that come with it. Some of those disadvantages can be little aches and discomfort, and their frequency depending on one’s movements. Am I feeling too old? No, not really, I am only in my early 50’s, but the discomfort has started. I need to be careful how I move about when on location for photography. For example, recently I tried to jump over a fairly low fence; the result was that I landed on my backside, and suddenly it dawned on me, I am not 25 years young any more: I need to stop behaving as though I am.

So, what comes next and what are the best practices? Depending on how fit you are rather than how fit or young you feel, you need to adjust your body movements according to its threshold. You might feel fit enough for doing certain things but you should always listen to your body.

Observing my workshop participants adjusting their tripods, I find they often settle for the most uncomfortable position. I have no idea why this is happening, whether it is lack of knowledge on their part or for some other reason. The fact is, whenever I run a workshop, I always ...

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Dimitri Vasileiou is a highly acclaimed landscape photographer, writer and photographic workshop leader. A professional photographer for several years, he was born in Greece and currently resides in Scotland.

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