I was curious how long you guys have all been doing photography...as in when do you mark your 'start' of being interested and practicing photography? I'm starting to get frustrated a little when I think of the photos that I want to be capturing and then they don't end up being that way after the fact. I know that I will continue to learn something new all the time, but I, as I'm sure we all do, often compare myself to your guys' work too. That's why we're here right? To learn from one another. Anyways...i'm pretty new to photography so i was just wondering how long you've all been at it.
I've been doing "serious" nature photography since college, circa 1996ish, and I started getting interested in portrait-type photography when I started doing my own Christmas/holiday photos of my baby daughter in 2007/2008. I didn't own a DSLR until Christmas of 2009 (dear hubby got me one) but I had a Fuji S5100 which has a lot of manual capabilities. I joined this photography board at the beginning of 2010 and have learned so much about doing portraits but still have a long way to go.
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Hmmmm, I started to get interested in photography when I got my 1st job in a photography studio, so that was 1996. I didn't really do much about photography until I had my second baby. He was an ill baby and we took lots of snaps of him... just in case the worst happened. I put a bit more effort into taking better photo then but didn't really think about trying to improve until I got a bridge camera in June 2008. I got my 1st DSLR in October 2008 when a friend of my hubby was selling his. A whole new world opened up to me then and I have been slowly getting better in a 2 steps forward, 1 step back fashion. I think I really grew the most in 2010 as I decided to do a 365 project and really did keep at it, missing just 2 days. Having to pick the camera up every day and trying new things, pushing myself out of my comfort zone really helped me grow. I still have lots to learn. They day I think I know it all will be the day I put my camera away for good!
I picked up my first DSLR in October of 2009. Purchased my own in the same month. From the get-go I refused to even move that dial off of M because that just put me at a disadvantage. Why not take every opportunity as a learning one? I still screw up A LOT! But, I've also found that the number of 'keepers' is also increasing. I don't have confidence in my work, but I feel a bit better about myself every day. I do often compare myself to everyone else, and I know it's wrong. Everyone has their own journey and we all learn at our own pace. Try not to get discouraged with your own progression. If you keep practicing you will soon find you have made leaps and strides over your first post here
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This is the very first image I offered up for CC....wow, have I grown! I obvously hadn't found Manual yet, because looking at the Exif data, I shot this in Auto :/
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I think it's easy to compare yourself to others. I mean, you see so many beautiful photographs from so many very talented people, look at that, and wish you were to that point. I do it all the time. But, we all have our own journeys, and we have to go through it in order to humble ourselves into wanting to improve.
I guess my interest in photography started when we got our dog in 2004. I snapped one awesome picture of him (with my p&s), and tried and tried to recreate it with absolutely no success. Of course, I didn't read up on it or anything, just did trial and error. Eventually, I gave up, and started taking less and less pictures of him. Then my son came in late 2007. This is when I really started my interest in photography. I wanted to take awesome pictures of my kid. I did what I could with my p&s until finally, I convinced my hubby into buying me a DSLR for my birthday. I was so freaking excited! So that came in September 2008. I have been a super slow learner. I didn't listen to what anyone told me, and kept the camera set on P mode for a loooooooooong time. I wish I would have switched much sooner, but I was so afraid to miss a cute shot of my kid because I was fiddling around with settings. I made the switch last summer to Manual. So that would be summer 2010. I struggled with exposure a lot. I think I'm finally getting to the point where I'm exposing things more properly out of the camera now. This is the year that I've grown as a photographer though. I told myself at the beginning of the year, that I really wanted to step up my game. I started a 52 week project, and that has helped me so much. I'm putting my work up on a blog and posting it to Facebook to keep myself accountable for pushing myself. I really want to do a 365 project. I'm thinking I might start that up in the new year. It'll be so tough, but I think I need to do it to myself.
So, my journey has been a pretty long one. I've had my camera for 3 years, and just now feel like I'm taking consistently good pictures and not just getting 'lucky'. For some people it's a lot faster, for others, it may be even slower than me! Just keep posting for CC. That's the key! I've also been hanging around ILP a lot, and love all the advice that the Pro's give. It's so incredibly helpful. I have learned so so much.
The first time I got interested in photography is when I had my first baby. DH bought me a DSLR my rebel xt to take better quality pictures. I took a flurry of pictures all on auto. Then i stumbled across this board and began my journey to manual mode. Photography for me is a hobby, I am not in business but occasionally will offer my services to close friends only. I am still learning and trying to absorb that I can, and I know I am far from being a professional. But in due time with practice I know I will eventually get there.
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to be fair i'll post about me. I started taking a different look at photography back in December 2009 when I got a nice Canon Powershot for Christmas. I started working on perspective and angles and good poses back then but didn't really get to do too much since there weren't many manual controls. I did a lot of b/w back then because everything looked better in B/W even if the original color was off or it was a little blurry. I got my DSLR in Feb 2011 and forced myself to use manual mode all the time. I read understanding exposure and followed blog after blog after blog for help and tips and advice. My style is a combo of a lot of my fave photographers that I follow and hope to one day be as good as. My first 'photoshoot' was for a girl I worked with who was like 34 weeks pregnant. I didn't charge a thing and ended up with about 1 good photo. I didn't understand aperature AT ALL when I did that. I'm glad she didn't pay me anything . I started getting up the courage to really start charging about 2 months ago since my work wasn't perfect, but was worth more than free. I'm slowly working my way up the ladder and charging small session fees, selling prints, and CDs. I'm thankful for every person who has given me a try with their photos!
I first visited this photography board with the intention of taking better photos in March of 2008. So, I guess it's been a little over 3.5 yrs.
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I've always been interested.... being able to afford the film and developing was another story.
Digital opened up my world and I had a tiny little canon ixus which I thought made me a fantastic photographer haha!Got my DSLR in 2009 to distract me from the IVF/mutli-miscarriage issues and the love(and sometimes hate) has grown from there.
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Let's see, I have always been interested since jr high, but never went beyond interested until I found this board after I had Ruthie- about 5 years ago. But, I didn't receive my DSLR until 2.5 years ago. So, about then.
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