So, two-thirds of the way through my month of photography, and what have I learned?
Well, about my own photography, I’ve learned a few things:
- My new (old) camera isn’t great. It isn’t terrible, but it’s not great*. I can get some decent shots with it – like the white flowers above – but more often than not, it’s just not up to the job.
- My hands aren’t as steady as I would like. This is particularly true in low-light and/or high-speed situations.
- My eye isn’t as good as I would like. This is one of those ‘practice, practice, practice’ situations, and I haven’t given up.
- On the plus side, I’ve become less inhibited about taking pictures when I see something interesting or beautiful or cool.
- It’s an easy thing to forget, but in some ways taking the pictures is the easy part. Sorting through what you have, selecting, cropping, and mourning the missed shots can take much longer.
In the course of researching famous photographers, I have also learned a few things:
- The paths that noted photographers take are often indirect. For instance, Man Ray started using photography to document his other work, and then began to embrace it as an art form on his own merits.
- The ability to view your pictures as you take them can be both a blessing and a curse. Photographers using film cameras had one job – to shoot. Now you can see whether you got ‘the shot’ immediately, which is great, but at the same time it can be difficult to refrain from critiquing your work as you are doing it. And we all know how rough that can be.
- Everyone has their thing, the thing that they are really good at, the subjects that really speak to them. Those are the shots that sing.
So. I’ll be posting about at least two other photographers before the month is out, and I will post at least a few more of my own photos.
I’m also working on a plan to get my hands on a better camera, and will continue to take more pictures, and try to develop my eye. And I will continue to seek depth and inspiration from the work of other photographers.
And how is June going for you?
* It turns out that the resolution on my phone is about twice as good as the resolution on my camera. Isn’t technology amazing?
ETA – I forgot the pingback to the WP photo challenge, which this week is curve. Because the flower petals are curved. And, you know, the learning curve. So curve. Yeah. Curve. (It’s possible that I need a nap.)