It has been more than a whole full year now since I have started blogging. This has been a long journey, and I am taking up lots of new hobbies and activities to do on the way!
There are lots of things in life that I will never be able to do – I am not a brave person. Then there are some things that are on my bucket list to learn some day, and I never actually do. Maybe this is something crazy people have – a bucketful of things that they wish they could learn, and that are never to be actually realized and accomplished – not sure. I like to hope that I am not completely bonkers, and that with time, at least some of the activities on my bucket list will come to fruition.
Photography has always been one of those things on the bucket list. Ever since my father was working with old-fashioned films in my childhood, photography has always intrigued and scared me. Even my father, an amateur photographer, would most of the time bring the films in to professionals. Yet, I have always wanted to learn more about cameras, not the physics of them, but the techniques, and to figure out what exactly photographers actually do to make those pictures happen.
As I was growing up, we went through a period of camera we called “soap plates” in Russian, that didn’t take very good pictures, but anyone could afford and operate them.
Then, when we got kids, we realized we needed to have and keep those little moments, as much as we could, and we started getting more expensive digital cameras, but still always used only the automatic mode – it is just so much easier to use it, when the camera does all the thinking for you. The quality of pictures we took started improving with every next child, and generation of new cameras, until we finally got a more professional Canon camera.
We held on to that camera for a while, taking sporadic pictures on vacations, and not until I took up blogging did I start to actually be truly fascinated by photography.
The first real photography lesson happened when we decided to invest in a proper lens, and the store assistant was able to quickly pinpoint to me some very basic settings, and additional equipment I would need to make the magic of photography happen.
Indeed, one of the most important features of blogs are images. Without proper images a post is not a post, really (unless you really like the stories told).
Sometimes I skip the image, and keep writing (like I am doing now).
Sometimes I need a number of images to really tell the story, and show the mood I am in, or the subject of the photo is in, otherwise, the story of what I am trying to describe doesn’t come together.
The book by Bryan Peterson is a must-have if you are interested in photography, and would like to learn about it from the master. Of course, sometimes it is possible to take photography classes, do a lot of hands-on activities, and practice until you understand and find what you need to put your picture together.
I find that this book has given me amazing guidance into understanding the basics of how my camera works, and how I can achieve the balance to take the pictures I need, and improve the quality of the image by simply understanding how my camera works.
Digital cameras are getting better and better with their Auto settings, however, taking proper photos requires a lot more than simply pressing an automatic trigger – there is a lot that is impacted by the light of your environment, the mood, the speed of action, and the focus. All of these independent variables have to come together in each picture, and you have to know how to manipulate your camera to take advantage of the moment you are in, and to make sure you are prepared and understand how you can be in control of your photography.
This book explains a lot of theories behind photography, and gives the background on different photo options you may have when taking your shots – whether you are working on a still subject, inside, using flash photography, or working outside taking nature photos. There is a lot for me to learn, and many times I have to read paragraphs over and over again to grasp the concepts, and to try to remember them. I like that the author gives lots of advice, and gives practical exercises to help develop a sense and understanding of each different scenario possible in taking photos.
At this point I am still working on this book, and I think I am going to need a few more years before I can safely say that I understand exactly how to work with my camera. In the future I am planning to invest more into purchasing more advanced equipment, and hoping to try my photography skills on more interesting posts for my readers!
Here is a little more information about the book:
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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