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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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.

Sunny Spring Photoshoot 2

The weather was excellent again over the weekend. I decided to repeat last week’s idea of an outdoor photo shoot. I also tried to pass on some of my (limited) photography know-how to my partner, giving her the opportunity to use one of my retired cameras to snap whatever she liked.

I’m really enjoying Portrait Photography and getting creative with light. I feel my abilities are getting stronger with each passing shoot. I’m starting to feel It might be time to vary my subject/focus though and give my partner a break from constant modeling 😛

Perhaps over the coming weeks, I can arrange someone else to picture. I would also like to purchase some lighting rigs for indoor shoots. I’ve seen some reasonably priced kits on Amazon.

Learning Photoshop

Following on from my previous post, I’ve downloaded a photo-editing software. I’ve been playing around and watching Youtube videos on how to effectively edit pictures. I’ve still got a long way to go but here are some examples of what I’ve managed to achieve so far.

I’ve been concentrating on perfecting the model’s skin with a variety of tools. This action still takes me a while and I hope with time and practice that I can speed up this progress. I am starting to understand the immense value of Photo-editing software to Photographers and creating the per perfect image.