For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed taking photos. As a young teenager I was in and out of the photo processing shop every weekend to pick up my latest snaps. Those were the days when cameras didn’t have screens, and you bought a disposable camera in a little plastic wrapper to capture your memories.
I can still remember the buzz you felt as you went in to pick up your photos, and everyone would gather around in excitement to see how the pictures had turned out. Getting a good photo on one of those things was pot luck, and usually half of the pack was blurry, but you still bought one for every occasion.
I remember getting my first digital camera, a 2 megapixel, and thinking I was the bee’s knees. I took that thing everywhere with me, taking photos of anything and everything.
It’s no surprise then, that when the kids were born I went a bit nuts and took photos of everything.. ‘Aww he opened his eyes, take a picture!’, ‘Aww look, he closed them again, take a picture!’. If you look through Neil’s baby pics you will find a few hundred of the same photo, just with different clothes on. My laptop is filled to bursting with 1000’s of baby pictures, and family snaps.
But while I have always enjoyed taking photos of my life, I have never really given much thought to the photos, if that makes sense. You know, if it’s in focus and you haven’t chopped off any heads you are winning.
And that has worked fine for me until recently. When I started blogging in January I started to think seriously about my photos for the first time. Looking at other blogs in awe of their stunning imagery, I hoped one day I could take such beautiful pictures.
This week I finally took the plunge and got myself a Nikon DSLR, and it’s completely dominated my thoughts since it was orderd.
So my word of the week this week is….
Literally every spare second I have had this week has been spent reading guides, watching videos on youtube and messing about with the settings. There is so much to learn, it’s impossible to take it all in at once. Shutter speed, aperture, it’s all totally alien to me! It has been fun playing about and seeing what difference changing a certain setting will make to the photo. Most of my attempts have been pretty awful so far but it’s all about learning what works and what doesn’t.
I’m excited to get properly stuck in and start learning all there is to know. If you have any tips for a wee novice like me, please do share!