Ok, here is where I admit I am a complete novice, but I am really keen on learning about photography. I have a few cameras, none especially expensive but they are a great starting point and have served me well, so far. I wouldn’t say I have a great eye for a picture, but I have been lucky on occasion to snap a shot that I was quite proud of.
I have plenty of sources of material to practice with, both animate and static, at home and outside. I just need some real knowledge and practical experience to hone my skills. It always seemed to be point and click, and a bit of patience thrown in, but when you change from digital to film then a bit of knowhow comes in to play or else there’s a heck of a lot of potentially wasted film, not to mention the cost these days of purchasing the film and developing it!
I am aware of the plethora of free and available resources online that I can use to help learn techniques but there is so much out there that it is quite intimidating. The idea of having some beautiful pictures that were taken by myself is very appealing, and seeing the end product of what I was trying to achieve.
It is something our whole household has an interest in and we all have something we can use when we go places, but it is more the technological and technical aspects I wish to learn more about. Figure out all the things my camera can do and which setting is best for which environment, etc,. I don’t expect to ever make a living from it, but it is a fascinating hobby and it would mean I could produce my own pieces of work to keep.
Advances in media software is a great advantage these days, but there is nothing so special as taking a picture from right there in front of you and capturing the moment forever. I do want to record my daughter growing up, as whilst I did take lots of pictures of my son, there was no digital media to help with storage and multiple shots to select the perfect one like there is now. Certainly nothing affordable to the everyday snapper like myself.
I may one day be able to afford a more expensive and advanced piece of kit but for now, I’ll carry on with my simple yet efficient starter hardware, take hundreds of shots, searching for that one perfect take. I won’t be in the Tate, but might at least put something very nice up on the wall!
Here are a few that I am happy with, from my personal collection.