When I started taking my photography seriously I read everything I could get my hands on. I love to read anyway so it wasn’t a hardship. There are a lot of online resources for beginning photographers and thousands of books. But I wasn’t comprehending what I was reading….f-stops, rule of thirds, negative space, exposure triangle, the Fibonacci Spiral, juxtaposition…wait, what?
So I enrolled in a couple photography classes thru our local Parks & Recreation. They were taught by a local professional photographer and I took pages of notes. There was no lightbulb moment but I did learn and still refer to those notes on occasion.
Then I stumbled upon the 365 Project. This simple idea of creating a photo a day is what I needed. How could I learn to be a photographer if I only used my camera occasionally? I took a lot of bad photos and I was still shooting in auto or program mode. But I was doing and learning in comfortable steps for me.
I attempted my first 365 Project in 2015 and made thru November (oh, so close!).
In 2016 I tried a Project 52 and succeeded until October.
This year I’ve started a 365 Project again, wish me luck!
Now when I pick up my camera I’m comfortable and relaxed, like it’s an extension of my hand. I shoot in manual mode and understand the exposure and composition rules and when to break them 😉 Do I know it all now? Thankfully no!! There is always more to learn and I still take bad photos.
I love photography and seeing how I’ve grown and evolved over the years. I look forward to seeing what I learn and experience this year!