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Spray And Pray

In a perfect world, it would be better to only point your camera at things worthy of being photographed, to have the ability to discriminate between what is good and what is not. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and sometimes it is necessary to Spray and Pray. Ian Plant explains all about the Spraying and the Praying.

There's a phrase that is often used by photographers - typically in a derogatory fashion - known as "spray and pray". It refers to the practice of newbies (or perhaps the less skilled, regardless of experience) to simply show up at a location, and to begin taking photos of just about everything. That's the "spray" part - the rapid-fire act of taking a bunch of seemingly random and purposeless images. The "pray" part is the hope (often misguided) that at least a few of the pictures will come out okay.

In a perfect world, it would be better to only point your camera at things worthy of being photographed, to have the ability to discriminate between what is good and what is not, and to have the technical and artistic skills to get it done without too much fuss. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and in order to become good enough to do these things, you will likely have to...

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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