So, as mentioned in my profile, I’ve been picking up a camera and photographing everything in sight since I was a little kid. But for years, I actively avoided DSLRs as I didn’t want to “learn all that complicated stuff”. To this day I don’t understand my past self! I’ve worked in IT for over 11 years, so it’s not as if I’m not used to learning new technology.
Still, after a time I was worn down by the frustration of not being able to make my photos look like how I saw them in my eyes, and I caved and started talking about a “proper” camera. In June 2010, my husband returned from a trip to the USA with a shiny new Canon 550D/Rebel T2i/Kiss (the last is the Japanese model name, I love the international differences!), and I haven’t looked back.
I should have chronicled by journey from the beginning, but better late than never, huh? Now, after nearly two years, I’ve learnt SO much, but I have so much to go. I understand apeture, shutter speed, and the importance of the right light. I must admit, I’m still getting to grips with exposure, and my new latest lesson is to remember that ISO doesn’t ALWAYS have to be set to “auto”, and if I have too much noise in a nighttime shot that I took on a tripod, then I’ve only myself to blame.
Oh, another slightly-less recent lesson? Lightroom+RAW is not actually a magic fix-everything tool. Experienced photographers will be laughing at me, but when I first started using Lightroom 3 mid-2011, I was absolutely stunned with the amount of things it could salvage from an initial poor to mediocre RAW photo. So out in the world I went, armed with my lil camera and ignored the oft-touted phrase used by the best “Get it right in camera“. Many potentially awesome photos were lost with the arrogance of thinking Lightroom would save me. Ah well. Many photos have been lost in all sorts of ways during this journey, and they won’t be the last. Many photos have turned out better than I could have imagined however, and those are the highs that keep me going.
So here I am, embarking on another phase of this great journey. Encouraged by compliments from friends and family (obviously biased, I appreciate that), I thought I might put a few of what I feel is my best online. These live at Flickr, if you’re interested. And if you’re really interested, I’ve started slapping (or rather, painstakingly tweaking) a selection of those images onto a few items on Zazzle. The Zazzle shop has a loooooooooong way to go, but that’s really the subject of another post.
So, welcome to my blog!