I bought my first camera with my High School graduation money. It was a Canon T50 with a hot shoe flash. I loved that camera til’ the day it died. I set that baby on “Automatic” and took pictures for years. I have albums filled with those pictures. 99.99 percent of them were of people….and I am so grateful for the memories. I didn’t know an absolute THING about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, yadda yadda. I just composed the picture, shot, and hoped for the best. But that was also the film days. Every picture was money…so I composed very carefully.
I learned a lot, and my photography passion grew.
Enter now. I’m desperately trying to learn about all those “technical” things so that I can become a better photographer.
…Now still life is 99.99 percent of my subject matter.
It’s really patient. I can manipulate it, move it, and make sure I find the right light for it…It doesn’t even moan when I drag out my tripod and the photo session goes on for-e-ver!
The other day, I discovered I was completely and utterly out of practice with people! A sweet neighbour family asked me to take a few shots for their Christmas card. I was happy to oblige. From past experience, I know they are very patient and will still love me if the pictures don’t turn out at all! (Thanks, sweet family!)
I drug my white church pew into the driveway, and they were game with all my wild ideas. I thought at first that I would practice how to set my aperture, etc.… That thought flew out of my head pretty fast. You see, the pace is a bit quicker with actual moving subjects…
When the shutter speed is a little slow, the baby’s hand wave becomes a blur…
Those kids were so sweet and patient, but I knew I needed to step it up a notch. So, I whipped that camera button around to “P” (meaning “program” setting…the next thing to “automatic”), amped the exposure to plus.3 (giving it a tad more light) and just started snapping pictures.
Sometimes, you just need to do what you need to do to get the picture done!