2018 started out as the year I would, once and for all, get my camera totally figured out. I started the year with a bang. I was tagging along to the boy’s photography class, I was into a 52 week photography challenge of my own, there were assignments and tips on technique etc. I was even spending a little time each week thinking out my photographs, and then spent some more time getting out and finding that perfect shot. It lasted all of 4 weeks? Who noticed? I got busier and busier with everything else and let my photo challenge fall by the wayside.
I’ve been bitten once again by the photo bug, and I’ve got friends with me this time as extra motivation. It’s like I am a part of my very own camera club. I have two friends with the same camera as I have and they, like me, are learning as they go. Recently another friend got a fancy camera and we’ve all been sharing links and articles to help each other out. I joked that we needed to start a camera club, and it’s kind of like we all went with it. I mentioned the project 52 that I got started with at the beginning of the year and a couple of days later, we had one of our own to do.
We’re ambitious and instead of over 52 weeks, this Project 52 will be over 52 days – basically summer break. We skip Saturday so it’s a photo every 6 days with one day off. So far all is going well. I got a day behind one day last week, but found the time to make up for it the next day. And I over shot another day so I have several pics saved up for later on in the challenge.
I think photography is an ever learning endeavor. I don’t think there’s a point when you finally master it all. Fully knowing your camera can be accomplished, yes, but other than that, I think it’s all a work in progress. The concepts can be learned and the basics, but with every shot you’re ever improving. That’s my take on it anyway. I will have some good days and some bad days – good shots and bad shots – but every one will just make me that much better.
Oh, and then there’s the art of learning Photoshop. That’s an endeavor in itself.
What I have posted is what I have taken so far; I’m a little over a week in. My camera is a Canon 70D and I do my editing mostly with Photoshop. Pics that look pretty good straight from the camera, I upload to my iPhone and have done a few minor adjustments with the iPhone photo editor. My goal is to have the pictures look good straight from the camera with the exception of cropping and straightening.
My friends and I have a text thread that we are sharing our pics to, so I ultimately end up with what I take onto my phone anyway. I am also posting on Instagram and with this new blog theme, it’s kind of hidden. You can see my Insta-posts by clicking the top left pull down, at the very top, the one with the three horizontal lines. I do have plans to post them here on the blog as well; weekly, when I am able.
As I’ve said before, I do love a photo challenge! Who else has done one? Did you ever make it all the way through?