Continuing on the journey of finding my eye, I am here to figure out my style. I can’t say that I have really been doing this long enough to really know, but I have evolved a bit since I first started out, 11 months ago. I use a Nikon d90 with the 18-55mm lens and have a bigger lens but rarely carry it due to it’s bulk. I take it on planned photography trips and will some day use it when needed. I would love to have a macro lens and a fisheye lens just for the different types of pictures they each take. Eventually I think I will need a tripod and need to learn how to use my remote for purposes of self portraits. Right now I carry my camera in a converted purse, which I padded myself not being able to afford something like an Epiphany.
In the beginning I would shoot around the house because I wasn’t comfortable yet going out. I quickly learned I prefer natural lighting and I would much rather be out and about. I also like to get out of the neighborhood and find other discoveries rather than what I see every day. Every once in awhile I will also walk around the block to see what is new. And will sometimes make a happy discovery. I am not partial to the time of day, although have a hard time working with too much light. I don’t usually plan around this, though, and go out when I get the chance. I don’t have set days off, so my trips out are sporadic.
I haven’t really photographed any special events since taking up photography so I really can’t say I prefer it or everyday life. I do have good luck with everyday life, though, so will stick with photographing it for now. I would also love to be able to travel sometime and take tons and tons of pictures (see my life list from the menu).
I did say No to Auto a few months into using my camera and have not regretted one day of it. I am not very comfortable with Manual mode as I just don’t understand how to use it. The ISO and DOF and all that is beyond me for now. I love to shoot in Macro and will also use Landscape and Portrait depending what I am shooting and use Sport mode when there is a lot of movement. None have served to do me wrong yet. I really love trying to capture Bokeh as well, so I will shoot close ups often, in Macro mode. My favorite shots usually come from Macro mode.
I purchased a Point and Click a little while ago to make sure I always have a camera with me, but I have been really bad about having it. I do try to take my Nikon with me anytime I go somewhere in my car and I am glad I do or I wouldn’t get shots like the VW Bug the other day. I love photography excursions, and would love to go on a group photowalk sometime. I haven’t had much luck finding one on MeetUp but don’t know that I would really feel comfortable out with a group of strangers when all is said and done. Maybe just having a photo buddy every once in a while would be nice. I join in on several photography challenges to keep myself motivated and challenged, so that is always a source of inspiration as well.
From top to bottom: I love how you can see the bubble all distorted and glossy (Portrait mode); the picture on the boys’ faces is classic (Sport mode); the day Mr B didn’t want to be out yet I still caught a good look at him (planned photog trip); a macro flower; the cutest little girl at a baseball game. None of which could have been taken had I not taken my camera with me that day.