For as long as I can remember I have loved taking photos. I have no special story about being given my first camera as a child and teaching myself how to shoot in manual or anything like that; I just used to play around with family members cameras and buy disposable ones whenever I went out with friends because I liked capturing memories.
I think I was twelve when I got a Polaroid i-Zone camera that printed out tiny images on stickers. I went through a roll of film in a day and thought it was the best thing ever.
Then at eighteen, my younger brother bought me a digital compact camera for Christmas. He was working his first ever job and thus started my brothers obsession with going overboard every December…not that I’m complaining as he always gets everyone awesome presents. After that I had various models of compact digital cameras and they always did what I wanted them for.
I was, and have been up until a few years ago, a ‘point and shoot’ kind of person. I took pictures of family celebrations, holidays, nights out with friends; it was never a hobby, it was a way of saving a moment in time. The pics didn’t have to be fancy, I didn’t know the meaning of depth of field, I didn’t care if they were sharp; I just wanted a candid of my Mum and Pops on her birthday etc.
Then I met my boyfriend. His family are all photography enthusiasts, and Ian has had a camera in his hand most of his life. I basically have my own personal photography wizard at my side, and if he can’t advise me, his dad can.
I quickly moved away from my digital compact to Ian’s Nikon, to my own Nikon Coolpix bridge camera to my Nikon D5300, my babe. Ian’s camera was old and quite heavy so I was finding it difficult with my hands. The Coolpix was great but I wanted to be able to change lenses. And so last year, the D5300 and 50mm lens became mine.
According to Ian I picked up the basics very quickly and am better at shooting in manual than he is (which I believe is a lie). Both he and his dad say that I ‘have a good eye’ and although I would love to believe them, I don’t think I do anything special.
Shooting in manual RAW has completely changed photography for me. It’s no longer something I do for special occasions, now it’s my hobby, now I love it for a whole different reason. I’ve always loved being behind a camera but I wasn’t there very often, not like I am now…although I would still like to take even more pics but disability probs.
I guess you could say I came to ‘proper’ photography later on in life, (I’m 31) so for the last three years I have been experimenting. Experimenting with style, with colour, with editing. I’ve been trying to find something I love and that works for the kinds of images I take. And lately I have been in a slight frenzy because I’m changing things up so often.
If you pop over to my Instagram you’ll notice that recently I have been injecting a lot of colour into my photos. To begin with I loved how they looked, I was so enthusiastic over it and now I’m just not feeling it. I don’t think it really represents me as I’m not a colourful person. If they made a colour darker than black I would be all over it.
And yet, I don’t want to limit myself to one thing. I want to improve, I want to try different things and I want to find something that works for me. I’ve been researching editing styles and looking at a few of my favourite photographers photographs to see why they stand out or why I like them, and to be honest, it’s all different reasons. However, what I have noticed is that I love the matte style and I’ve been playing around a lot with that when editing my newer images.
As for Instagram, (the actual bane of my life) I’m trying not to stress myself out over it anymore, I’m trying to look at it like a photo diary and if people follow me, then sound and if not, then that’s sound too. It’s hard to think this way when a lot of brands want numbers but I found myself getting too stressed over how many fucking likes I was or wasn’t getting and it wasn’t healthy. So, yeah, I am changing up my Instagram ‘theme’ (if that’s what you want to call it) and we’ll see how it goes. Knowing me, Miss Indecisive, I’ll probably change my mind again in a few months but I think growth and change is important.
In an ideal world I’d go out often and take beaut, ethereal, nature shots but when you can’t drag yourself to the bathroom most days it’s kind of hard to be consistent with that kind of content; as much as I would love to.
So yeah, please bear with me with this photography lark and I hope you like the new content.
What was your first experience with a camera?