Rocks and Railings
The above picture was taken at Tonbridge, back in February 2012, and has been processed through Lightroom 4.. Tonbridge was one of the very first places we went to, when hubby and I decided to take up photography.
Yes we had the cameras and we had the determination, but what we did lack was the experience… You see we had only decided to take up photography about a month before this photo was taken… And to put it bluntly we didn’t have a clue.
There we were with these cameras and petrified to turn the dial away from Automatic. If someone had said F-Stop to us, we would have thought they were being abusive.. honestly we didn’t have a clue as to what we were doing, all we had was the equipment and the desire.
Now looking back to those old photographs, we can see our mistakes and I, as I get lumbered with the processing, have learnt hell of a lot about getting the desired effect. We all imagine what we see through our eyes, will be exactly what is in a photograph. How wrong can that be? .. As I have learnt, very wrong.
And photography isn’t just about pointing and shooting and then uploading to a website.. it is a whole lot more. It is about learning the thirds rule, learning about composition, contrast and how to bring out the shadows in your photos. Photography is about learning about aperture, shutter speed, exposure and a whole lot more. Photography is about learning what your camera can do and getting the best results from that camera.
Photography is learning the art of capturing what appeals to you, learning to bring out the best in any picture you take. It is all about the detail and that detail has to be pleasing to the eye.
I have learnt how to process HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographs and I have learnt a whole lot of things… I mainly use Lightroom 4 which I find is brilliant for processing photos… as I have said on this blog before I am psyching myself up to get to grips with Photoshop Elements 10. We have also learnt to shoot all of our photos in RAW, that way you can process them far better and with far more flexibility than you could if you had taken the shot in jpeg format. RAW does take up more memory on your card, but it is well worth it, especially if you want to tone those photos to perfection.
And one thing we have learnt, is that it doesn’t matter today how many photographs you take with your digital camera, because you can delete those that are not up to scratch or those you just don’t like… and it doesn’t cost you a fortune in processing to find that out of the 36 photographs developed by your local photo printing store, only 2 or 3 have come out as you had hoped.
Photography is a great way, to get out and about and to get some fresh air into those lungs.. and believe me there is nothing more satisfying that looking back on your photographs to see how much you have improved in your photography skills and reminiscing about those days out and how much enjoyment you both had.
But one valuable lesson we did learn over the past years is… think before you buy your cameras… You see hubby wanted the Canon EOS1100D, which I got him for Christmas 2011, then for our anniversary he bought me the Panasonic Lumix-FZ48.. Only as the year went on he decided he wanted to upgrade to the Canon EOS600D. And looking back now we hardly use the Panasonic Camera as I now have full control of the EOS1100D.
So what we have learnt is don’t go for a camera that is just a bit better, wait and get the right camera. I am not saying the Panasonic Lumix FZ-48 was a waste of money, but for the time that I used that before I was handed down the Canon, in my opinion the Panasonic never got its full use. However it is handy to keep with you in the car, just incase you spot the perfect picture and want to take a quick snap, but unfortunately it doesn’t shoot in RAW, which is one of its main disadvantages.
Also what we have learnt is that if you both stick to a certain brand of camera, then you can interchange the various lenses that you purchase. And buy the books.. we both have our own books, both written by Charlotte K Lowrie who has written the Digital Field Guide for both the Cannon EOS1100D and Canon EOS600D. Well worth purchasing, very insightful and easy to understand.
Should you ever be stuck for a hobby that you both could endure… then Photography is just one hobby that you both might enjoy… oh and those pub lunches are well worthy of walking around in sub-zero temperatures capturing those snow shots. 😀
I hope the above helps any reader, who is contemplating dabbling into photography… Have a nice day and thanks for reading this post.