I wanted to allow myself the time to really learn my camera and capture everyday moments. It’s an outlet for me…an extension of my heart and my eyes. I don’t just see an image, I feel that image. Ashley Sisk
Taking photos allows me to be in the moment. It forces me to stop and recognize the blessings surrounding me. Hill
I take photographs to capture the simple moments. Miel et Lait
I like taking photos because I know that when I’m a little old lady, I will love nothing more than to use them as I remember the special moments of our everyday lives. Abby
I couldn’t not take photos, I love seeing life through a lens it really helps you see what is important. Rebecca Spencer
I really like taking pictures because I want to capture my world. Julie
Last week I asked you Why do you like to take photographs? There were some beautifully inspiring answers left, I truly enjoyed reading through your comments and wanted to thank you so much for leaving your thoughts with me.
We love to take photographs because we enjoy being able to capture little pieces of our lives, either to keep as memories for ourselves or to share with others. We will look back on these photos in months, years, decades and we will remember when we lived in that house or when we really thought that colour scheme looked good. We’ll remember the pets we had and how small our children once were, with their chubby little arms and legs. So why do we worry so much about the photographs we’re taking now?
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. Alice Walker
I think that the best way to get better at taking photographs is to take more and more of them all the time. We shouldn’t let a fear of not being able to take the perfect photograph right away stop us from pulling out our cameras. To learn, you need to be able to push yourself and to make mistakes. You should be able to experiment with different ideas, look back at different shots you’ve taken and see why one thing worked and another did not. With digital photography we have the wonderful opportunity to be able to take as many photographs as we want without worrying about wasting film. Our mistakes are much less of a risk in digital, we can use them, go back and learn from them.
Even the so-called rules are open to exploration, Kat Sloma has written a wonderful exploration of the compositional rule of thirds on Mortal Muses. Equally, most of the rules that exist in photography and in art are gentle guidelines, things that when kept in mind will help you as you grow, but that don’t necessarily have to be be followed every time.
In a similar way, the principle applies when editing the photos you’ve taken. I know I spent a lot of time using different free actions in Photoshop that are available for download around the internet, running them on each photograph and dissecting them backwards to look at exactly how they work and what they do to the photograph. Learning how you prefer to edit your shots after they’re taken also helps with learning your own style of shooting and how that fits in with your editing workflow. I eventually found that I much prefer to shoot in RAW and do minimal editing myself without downloaded actions, getting the photograph right in-camera as much as possible so that I have less post processing work at the end but also using RAW so that I have complete control over the process from beginning to end. Some of you may feel the same way, others may prefer to shoot in Jpeg and not edit their photos at all. Each person has their own process.
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Edwin Land
Of course some of our mistakes as we’re learning end up being photographs we’re going to want to keep, or will even become favourite photographs for years to come. Because when we look back at photographs of our lives and our children we don’t think about the missed or soft focus, we don’t worry about the harsh lighting, limb chops, lack of catchlights or the poor exposure. We’re thinking about that moment in time when we clicked the shutter, and isn’t that what photography is for?
Do you have a favourite photograph you’ve taken that technically breaks the rules? Tell me about them or link to them in the comments!
1. [Nikkor 50mm 1.4] 1/250 f/3.2 200ISO [Edited in Adobe Lightroom 3]
2. [Nikkor 50mm 1.4] 1/250 f/3.2 200ISO [Edited in Adobe Lightroom 3]
3. [Nikkor 50mm 1.4] 1/250 f/3.2 200ISO [Edited in Adobe Lightroom 3]