Cornwall

I took the opportunity to go and see my sister at university in Falmouth last week. I couldn’t travel all that way and not snap any pictures. Nothing daring or exciting, just some memories I’d like to keep pictures of.

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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.

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.

See more of my work on 500px

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.

Learning Portraits

Okay, so I’ve tried a few different Photography disciplines now. I seem to enjoy Nature and Portrait Photography the most. I’m under no illusion that my work is of a professional standard yet. I do feel, however, that I am improving.

My next goal is to learn how to use photoshop to manipulate my images to meet my personal standards before publishing. Currently I’m using a mixture of pixlr.com and Instagram to edit images. Using pixlr.com is great and expense-free method but is restrictive and Instagram degrades the resolution massively.