Photographing close to home ...

CHRIS CORRADINO, NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY:

"Extensive travel is not a prerequisite for creating great photographs. There are often wonderful subjects directly in front of you or just a short car ride away. Maybe it's your own backyard garden, a flower bed, or a bird feeder. Identifying this home base is an important piece of your photography puzzle. It's a no-pressure zone where you can take your time, explore creative techniques, and test new equipment. By frequenting the same place you will start to observe the subtle changes of nature, and also the weekly improvements in your overall photography skills."

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