Thinking through my shooting style as the next "challenge" in my journey of inspiration. Thanks Kat.
If someone had asked me a year, maybe even 6 months ago, what my shooting style was my reply would likely have been "I don't know", or "I don't think I have a shooting style." I'm so much smarter now, "tanks be to Gott" as they say with a heavy accent.
I normally shoot photos alone; my dog my only companion. The rare times when I go to a destination with friends (who are not taking images) I rush shots and can't settle down to concentrate or make adjustments. I like shooting photos alone-though I talk to myself, so it's likely if I had a similarly skilled photog with me, I would really enjoy that. I'm trying to connect with one of my FYE classmates who by chance lives two towns away. How cool is that?
I think it's safe to say I didn't have a photography teacher. I've been my own teacher for the last year and a half. Therefore I didn't pick up any habits-good or bad-from anyone. I set out with my little point and shoot and started taking photos, and more photos, and more photos. I should credit the digital photography class I took last fall for a little guidance-helping me with ISO, aperture, and shutter speed...but the info came all in a clump, without a sense of "concentrate on this" or "start here"....so I'm going to stay with it's mostly about me. That comes with compliments and blame too. 99% of the time I shoot strictly manual.....if I would READ my MANUAL I could expand to aperture priority or one of the other cool functions. (Hello me, get off your butt and do this please).
Over time I've realized I don't really like shooting at home. I will on a rainy, snowy, or miserable day-or when light pours in through the windows and I can't help myself. I can't see me dedicating a room to "studio" with lights, black backdrops, and those big white umbrella things-I think they reflect light somewhere. Maybe later...never say never.
I travel light. I don't tote along any equipment, mostly because I can't afford it and I won't spend money on fad things....I did borrow a long zoom for a couple months last spring, and one of those might be on the wish list, but for now I'm living and managing. I have my kit lens (which I'm starting to find limiting) and my nifty-fifty 50mm/f 1.8. I don't even have a camera bag so when I carry both lenses, I put one lens inside one of those "footie" socks. If I want to switch out, I can do that by just rolling down the sock a smidge, changing covers, and I'm off and running. What can I say? New England practicality, and a touch of poverty. I do have a borrowed tripod. It's always in the car and rarely used. I'm so accustomed to physically moving around, I find it entirely too cumbersome. Using a tripod would be a good place to make some improvements and stretch, especially as the days grow shorter and darker.
I love this photo. It has vibrant color, was taken in great light and then there's the lucky find of an old sloppy snow fence making those cool shadows. The fact that the side mirror looks like an ear and the headlight an eye-well that was just bonus stuff I saw much later at home.
This image typifies the rest of my style. I wasn't looking for this shot, in fact I didn't even SEE this shot. I parked in a lot near this car, walked right past it, across the street for some open views of the marsh (yawn). As I was returning to my parked vehicle-I came upon this-like magic. That's how I like to shoot. Magically. Something unexpected, in natural late or early day light, maybe with some lines or texture or color, and something that makes me say out loud to no one but me "oooh, look at that". Sometimes someone replies-a nearby stranger perhaps laughing at me. Or smiling. Or considering me a candidate for insanity.
I would really, really, really, really (that's 4 reallys) like to travel for the sole purpose of taking photos. I'm pretty tired of my home area, despite its beauty and charm. I try to stay inspired, but I've done a lot of "work" around here. I can't really travel (reference above about no dinero) but there is a chance I may get to go to Cuba next summer. That would be awesome-and hot. All depends on the pocketbook. Got extra money and want to bankroll my trip? Kidding....sort of...call me.
Thanks for reading about my shooting style and letting me ramble on. It helps me "get it". Apparently, my therapist has trained me well or is an amazingly patient woman.
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