Working on my look

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.

Film Hannah 1 (1 of 1)

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.

 

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Festival Season

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.

Taking shape

These blog posts are becoming less frequent. Recently I use them to remind myself how much I’ve progressed since starting out. Looking back to when I used Auto settings to capture subjects in interesting perspectives. Slowly starting to understand some of the camera’s controls using Shutter Priority then finally going full manual mode. Getting accustomed to using different lenses, how, why and when to use them. Recently I’ve bought a film camera to make me think before firing, concentrating again on my compositions. I have now subscribed to Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom to add an additional creative step in my process.

I think every once in a while It’s useful, no, important that you look back to see how far you’ve come. I’m not claiming to be a master looking back on his journey, far from it. I look back and I’ve barely made it down the garden path. I’ve acquired all the tools and basic knowledge I need to take those first steps into the photography world.

Recently I’ve been approached to do some professional shoots, this fills me with anxiety and dread but at the same time hope and excitement. I’m faced with a choice; do I turn around and walk back towards the house to keep honing my skills and becoming more familiar with my equipment? or do I take these first steps into the world of professional photography and off my garden path?

I’m opting for the latter. That being said, I need to be careful. I need to know what’s expected of me and my equipment when I take that step. I’ll need to upgrade my equipment which will cost money, more than I can currently afford. I do have the option of getting a loan but loans need to be paid back. I’ll need a steady income to justify taking that initial loan.

This brings us to now. I’m looking at my options for regular Photography work, there are a couple of choices…

I still have a whole bunch of learning to do, and I want to ensure that my creative zeal isn’t smothered by my need to make income.

Recent ongoings

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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Self-portraits

Used my day off this week to muck about with different lighting and settings. Thought I’d try something out of my comfort zone. I decided to focus on my favorite features; my collar bones and shoulders. More specifically, how the light catches them.

My Canon 1300D has a remote feature allowing me to control the camera settings and focus on my Phone. Today I’ve learned how to operate this feature and had lots of fun playing with my reflector and light.

First Photoshoot

I’ve not posted anything in awhile so this is what I’m working on currently.

On my journey in Photography, I want to try my hand at all aspects and styles. The idea behind this is for find where my skills and passion collide. This is my first attempt at Portraiture and I have to say it was thoroughly enjoyable. My better half was generous enough to model for me.

Working with my partner made communication easy and not awkward. I’m interested to see what happens with a model that I hardly know. Am I capable of expressing my directions to a stranger?