Ten things I’ve learned about growing into photography

1.  You don’t need a Leica or 5D Mark II, not now or even soon.  Actually, expensive equipment will more than likely hinder you by inflating your ego and making it less likely for you to experiment and learn new things (something you should always be doing, especially early on).

2.  Practice shooting animals, friends, and relatives to better your timing skills at catching that decisive or in between moment where the stories are told.  Research Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work or look at sports photography to get an eye for this.

3.  In street photography or shooting strangers at events, be unobtrusive and try to capture people in their moments rather than asking them to pose.  Act like it’s normal, be friendly and don’t be afraid to look like you’re having fun.  Smile and don’t be afraid to snap the picture when they’re looking right at your lens, eyes really are the windows to the soul (or whatever).

4.  Shoot a wide variety of subjects, pets, things, juxtapositions, also play with your settings and experiment with the unknown until it becomes known.

5.  Put together a set of objects to shoot that tell a story, draw things on friends to shoot, creative practice like this will help you in every other aspect of your photography.

6.  Don’t be too proud to shoot for free, especially for those who couldn’t have paid for it anyway, events, fundraisers, your friends kids, local animal shelters.  Shoot a variety of subject matter so you can find out what you’re best at.

7.  Post your best work and ask well established artists and photographers to analyze them and give you critique.  Never stop learning.

8.  Research heavily, swim in the work of those you admire.  Learn how they work with their equipment, better yet how they work with their subjects.

9.  Don’t worry about upgrading your equipment until you’ve found out what you’re good at, and what you need to move to the next level.

10.  Always be prepared, have an extra battery charged, spare memory card, and keep your equipment properly stored and with you just in case.

Car rides: Exposed

I’ve been in a kinda of a funk lately, no job means no money going towards even the cheapest of camera gear, meaning my flickr stream is on a major plateau… I figured to combat this I’d get back into the long exposures, these being the ones taken in a car at night, anywhere from 1 to 30 seconds long, pointing the lens towards various light sources and mostly letting the ride dictate what direction they go… It’s really quite fun and to see what comes up, and to try and get “better” at taking them even when you can’t actually see anything in the viewfinder mid shot.  Comments/ critique welcome as always.

Window smiley

Wal Mart

Gas Station

City lights

Oldie

I was looking at some old pictures and realized I’ve taken a picture of the silhouette I’d referenced in the last post. Not as cool a picture, I don’t even recall if I included my shadow in there on purpose or not. Wishing it were a bit warmer out, I might not have just added so many damn cat photos on my flickr stream.

Pre Hurricane Irene

Good day

I find it mildly annoying this obligation to fill this thing in, I’m at that somewhat awkward phase where no one’s here but, well, me.  I’m not too worried about it, hopefully I’ll get to a point where I might even miss that feeling.  No one to be impressed embarrassed for me, no one but my future self to look back on and think hey, what the hell was he thinking?  Oh well.  I’m building it so y’all will come.  This shiz’s the only thing I’m alright at after all…

Anyway, doc appointment tomorrow since I’ve had bronchitis for about six weeks exactly now… near future appointments to check back on knee, and have wisdoms removed.  Wisdom is overrated anyway… Will update flickr for the first time in forever tomorrow.  Too tired tonight and wondering why I’m going to bed at 6:30 in the morning.

Blessings: good friends when they can chill after years like it were still back in the day, and amazing people you meet by such odd chance that they make you question fate as a possible thing of reality.

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