Ok, this is it! The time you have all been waiting for! It is time to take some great pictures. It's Forest Festival Saturday, a lot is going on and if you can't find something interesting to photograph you just aren't trying hard enough. In the morning you've got the wood chopping events, the Knights of South Branch jousting and all kinds of cool stuff in the park. In the afternoon the Grand Feature Parade is a photo op that comes to you. In the evening the Winged Wheels Motorcycle show, the marching band competition, the downtown entertainment and the country music shows should keep your camera clicking all day long. I know mine will be getting lots of use. By the way you can check out the official Forest Festival photographs on our Web site at www.foto1pro.com.
I noticed a lot of great images at the Forest Festival photography contest and it looks like most of you are taking my advice. The quality of printing this year has much improved over past contests but there is no excuse for entering an image that is out of focus. No matter how emotionally attached you are to an image, if it's out of focus it is probably not going to do well. Congratulations to everyone that entered! It takes a lot of guts just to enter the contest and put your work up against others'. If you entered and didn't win, don't take it personally just take it as a challenge to improve your work.
You've got your new camera and have some basic ideas on how to use it. Now it is time to get those awesome images you been imagining. You can read all the how-to books and columns you want but the best way to take great images is to get out there and practice. The more pictures you take, the better you are going to get. Try new things and see what works for you and what doesn't. That's the real advantage to digital photography: You can take as many pictures as you want until you get what you want.
The leaves are changing quickly and all the friends and relatives are in town so break out that camera and create some memories.
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a master photographer as well as a certified professional photographer.)