I’ve focused the last few weeks on editing my shots. Taking the photos I didn’t like in the past and putting new life into them. I seem to favour popular vintage looks as opposed to sharp modern images. My end results seem to mimic analogue film in tonality and presence. I’m also learning how there are different ways to edit the same image. Once you discard the notion that there is a right and wrong way to edit the whole process becomes more enjoyable.
I hope over the next few weeks to squeeze in a couple of photoshoots to really explore this analogue vibe that I’m feeling. Perhaps do a shoot in both Digital and Film to see how the same shots look from different mediums.
The majority of my edits recently have been black and white. This is new territory for me as I’ve only shot in colour until recently. I’m ashamed to say I used to find Black and White understimulating to look at but I’m valuing it more and more as I progress.
I’ve been making the most of the good weather and local festivities this summer. These are some snaps from my travels over the last few weeks. Doing event photography is great fun and I will definitely try to do more. I felt as though I was pushing my camera to its limits. Shooting RAW seems to clog up its processing power. I could take a burst of 4-5 shots then the camera would grind to a halt while it processed the images. This means I missed some great opportunities while the camera ‘loads’ its current images. I’m absolutely looking to upgrade as soon as possible when my finances allow.
Another thing highlighted while out shooting was the flaws of my cheap 70-300mm zoom lens. Having thought I had taken some great images of performers I loaded them up on my PC to find they were grainy and not sharp. This could be down to the ISO capabilities of my current camera and the maximum aperture of the lens itself. Either way, it made for a bad combination.
A few images I’ve been working on recently. Starting to get to grips with Adobe Lightroom. It’s quickly becoming an invaluable tool and part of my process. I’ve been winning awards through peer review on other websites with my manipulations, this really helps build my confidence as a Photographer. Below are a few of my favourites from the last two weeks.
I’ve been quiet recently as I’ve been unwell. I’ve used my down time to really practice my composition and framing for images. I’ve also invested in an Olympus OM10 35mm Film camera. When I started my journey into photography I dismissed film photography as redundant. As I’ve progressively got more comfortable behind the lens I’ve begun to see the value that using film could bring. Stopping to think about composition and settings and not firing off hundreds of ‘disposable’ shots to get the perfect one.
I want to use my film to document my journey into photography with physical photos for my personal collection. Collect the ‘memories’ of my shots onto a wall or into a book. This is a really romantic idea for me and will hopefully teach me a great deal more about the industry and subject.
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