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Big Picture: Scott Pelley's Passion for Photography and the Global Stories Behind Some of His Favorite Images, New Canaan Darien magazine

Big Picture: Scott Pelley's Passion for Photography and the Global Stories Behind Some of His Favorite Images, New Canaan Darien magazine

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Bonus Sidebar: Pelley’s Photography Tips

1.     It is all about the light. It’s well worth it to get up before dawn and set up on your subject and wait for that early morning light to hit, and the same is true for the sunset light; everything becomes explosively colorful that way. When shooting outside, the greatest part of the day is useless. You have 90 minutes in the morning and 90 minutes in evening. Everything else will be disappointing in my view.

2.     With wildlife photography, patience is key. Find a place and settle in and wait and wait. Let the animals come to you. You can’t chase them, or you’ll have lots of pictures of animal butts!

3.     Use a shutter speed that is very high so that the sharpness of the picture expresses the content. You want to capture the real crystal Christmas of it. That has to do with f-stops and shutter speeds, particularly with wildlife.

4.     Buy the fastest lenses you can afford. A fast lens is the reflection of the lens’s greatest aperture. This gives photographers a real flexibility as far as the f-stops and shutter speeds to control depth of field and the quality of the picture.

5.     Keep a camera with you all the time and shoot, shoot, shoot.

6.     Look for things that other people don’t see. Present familiar ideas in a way that makes the viewer see them for the first time, in a way they’ve never seen them before, and gives an understanding of the subject that they’ve never had before. That’s the definition of artistry.

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