setting out on a photography adventure

11.20.2014

I am currently readying myself to traverse the untraveled terrain that is the art of photography.

I've picked up my camera quite a few times in the past week-- I know how to turn it off and on, and I've discovered these auto and manual settings. I don't know when to use them, or for that matter, how they work. But I can turn that little black knob.

Every time I'm "taking photos," I feel extremely foolish, because I just don't know how to do it. Each blog post I read that's full of vague tips does little to help. To a non-photographer like me, aperture, focus, and lighting are obscure concepts.

We have already had a few modest adventures, this camera and I. Below, I bestow upon you the gem of an extremely humble collection:
Now, I have to come to terms with the fact that my camera roll will soon full of blurry, ugly photos-- but it shouldn't matter. As our teachers constantly preach us: It's all a matter of education. Failure is inevitable.

I know there are a lot of over-achieving photographers out in the blogging world. Any input?

24 comments :

  1. That looks like a two headed cat. Beautiful picture though!

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    1. I guess it kind of does-- but thank you!

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  2. I never knew you were such a talented photographer! I love the photo! My cats are so hard to photograph. For some odd reason they always sniff my camera lens so all I get is a blurry weird pic. Haha!

    I was never taught how to take nice pictures, but I sorta just have to find out how to do stuff as I go. For someone who has a cheap digital camera (like me), the trick is getting good lighting. For me, the best time to take photos is in the late afternoon. I have no idea why but the lighting is perfect then. :) Hopefully that was somewhat helpful.;D

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    1. Thank you for the advice-- I'll definitely keep it in mind!

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  3. Photography, such a joy. I love my canon camera.
    And I understand you- when I first learned how to use a camera I was oh so proud of myself.
    I know I've said this before, but repeating it cannot be helped; I love the way you write. You inspire.

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  4. Nevermind what people think, just keep taking pictures.

    /Avy

    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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  5. I think this is a lovely photo!!
    www.ensembledeux.blogspot.com

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  6. I like that photo! I'm not much of a photographer either- but I still think that's really good! :)

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! (And thanks for the follow, too xx)

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  7. that is actually such a beautiful photo. the thing is, when we are truely ourselves, people will see us two ways. they will either love us, or hate us. just keep doing what you like to do. draw inspiration from others, but don't let their styles dictate yours. some of my favorite pictures, or those others have liked have been total accidents or i wasn't even really trying. to be honest, it's hard for me to understand other's tips on photography. i honestly don't know how to take pictures, set them up, capture something a certain way. i'm just stumped at angles and big word and lighting. but if something looks cool, i snap and try not to think about it too hard. which i think is a good start, seeing a picture before you take it.
    hope i helped, those are just some things i always try and pass on. personally, i think you've got this photography thing down :D

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    1. Oh my god, Abigail, I couldn't have said it better! Your advice is spot on. I've learned to express my own voice through writing-- and now I'll try and do the same thing with my photography. Thank you so much :)

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  8. Hey Arushee! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog. :) I left a reply to your comment pretty much identical to this comment over on my blog, but I thought I would share it here in case you missed it.

    That's great that your getting into photography! Here are a few tips for beginning...

    -- If you can, shoot in manual mode and edit in RAW. Shooting in manual will allow you, to some extent, to tailor the lighting, grain, exposure, etc. RAW is so much easier to edit in -- it's a much higher quality image, so the edit won't look 'artificial'.

    -- Take too many photographs! When I first started photography, I had a point-and-shoot and all I wanted to do was take photographs of the leaves, flowers and books; and I loved creating bokeh (a blurred background) in my photos. Looking back at those photos, I can say they weren't great but they definitely helped me get to where I am today! ''Practice makes perfect.'' Every little bit of practice and effort I put into taking photographs built me up to where I am today.

    -- Follow other photographers you love; what is that they do that makes their work beautiful? Where do they place their subjects? Why are their photographs so appealing? Do they edit a certain way? Is the lighting particularly dark or light? Don't 'copy' them, be inspired by them. Then you can begin to find your niche, your style, the way *you* love your photographs to be.

    Those are just a few tips on beginning -- if you have any more questions feel free to ask!

    Thanks for your comment!

    Much love,

    Acacia xx

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    1. Oh, thank you so much for all these tips! I'll look at them a lot more closely when I find a chance to get out my camera. You're such a big help :)

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  9. Hey, Arushee! I saw your comment on my blog, and it reminded me of a photography post I did a while back: http://foundandcherished.blogspot.com/2014/04/7-photography-tips.html
    But truly--if you have any other questions, feel free to email me (rjlbooks@gmail.com) and I'll try to get back to you with the best answer I can give.
    <3 Rebekah

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    1. Thank you for the link, Rebekah! I'll be sure to email you if I have any questions :)

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  10. Hi beautiful! I'm so happy you're venturing into manual modes and practising more and more. I would love to give you advice but maybe it would be best if you send me an email with specific questions so I know how to help :) my email is samanthaheatherphotography(at)gmail(dot)com

    Cant wait to hear from you!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting, Samantha! I'll get to drafting that email as soon as possible :)

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