my thoughts on anything - photogrpahy or not
Categories: Photography, Portrait
On and off, for at least two years, I've been behind the camera and snapping pictures here and there. It's always at a friends party, on a family trip, or even for an Instagram post. I've had a while behind the camera, but maybe it's time to get serious? I mean sure, I shoot with a DSLR, but that just doesn't automatically make my pictures good or my skill professional. I shoot automatic, I don't edit in Lightroom, and I don't even touch up pictures. How can I call myself a photographer? I blindly shoot things that look "cool" without any artistic concept in mind. I feel like photography is an art, and I need to treat it so. All of these thoughts collided together and converged together in July 2020. I knew I needed to get serious if I was ever going to improve. So, I got to work.
The first thing I did was download Lightroom and Photoshop through my university's software portal (incredible timing, considering I had just committed two months prior!). I spent some time watching tutorials, but then I quickly realized I would forget everything unless I had actual photos to edit. Now, I could've just downloaded some pictures in the RAW format, but I might as well go take them myself. That's exactly what I did and practiced that for the month of June.
Eventually, I came across the countless different lenses on the market. As much as I love photography, I don't have the money to drop it on the really cool ones. I've been using a Nikon D3200, an entry level DSLR from 2012. It is 24.2 mega-pixels, so it gets the job done. However, it uses the Nikon DX mounting format due to it's smaller sensor size. This greatly reduces the amount of lenses I can use. What I noticed is that with my current kit lens, low-light performance was abysmal. I also had trouble keeping a steady hand when I had to set shutter speeds slower. This is how I came to the conclusion of buying a new lens - specifically a 35mm f/1.8 DX Prime lens. With the wider aperture, it'd allow me to keep the shutter speed a little higher, work better with less light, and provide some awesome bokeh effects. I started taking a lot of portraits of the people around me, and the difference was night and day.
These photos that you can see here were my first attempts at using the new lens and they are stunning! This was also my first attempt at photo editing in Lightroom, which I could definitely improve upon. Especially with the last picture, I was experimenting a lot. This blog will help me keep track of my journey as a photographer.