Lessons for the New Photographer

Almost a year ago I decided to finally get into something I have loved for years, photography. As often as I could I would take my camera out (the camera of course was given to me by my best friend Keshia) and photograph whatever would catch my eye. That was until the world decided we needed another plague. As a brand new photographer I was forced by social distancing and isolation to more or less figure it out on my own.

 Lesson one: The manual for the camera, worship it! Seriously the thing will be like your new bible. Without it I would have no idea what ISO, shutter speeds, or focus points even were. I won’t be giving out many tips or tricks unfortunately, like I said I still only know what I’m doing about 85% of the time the rest is just trial and error. 

Since Canada is under quarantine it’s a little more difficult to go out and take photos, so we’ve had to get creative, not only to stay sharp but to practice. Laura, Keshia, Matt and myself all challenged ourselves to explore the world of still life photography. For everyone reading this looking at the screen like “What?” Still life photography is when you take photos of inanimate objects (i.e: bowls of fruit). I discovered pretty quickly that this is one of my favorite photography methods. I experimented with different light styles, darker for a more ominous tone and brightly lit for a happier more relaxed tone. Safe to say I liked the shadowed darker photos, (the macabre has always been a favorite of mine). The most difficult thing about this is doing this all from my tiny apartment. 

Photo by: Keshia Erin

I used blankets and sheets for backdrops and my make up vanity as a studio. I set up my tripod and I did my best to get the perfect shot of a few glass bottles and some old books. After finding the right ISO and shutter speed settings I went to work. I loved using the tripod for this, I found the perfect height and set up my camera. After messing around for an hour or so I loaded the photos onto my laptop and sorted through the ones I liked the most. Lesson two: Learn all you can about Photoshop, Lightroom: etc. I’m still working on this part but online videos and classes have helped a lot. I’ll link some great creators below!

With photography you can have a new subject in the blink of an eye, which helps a ton when isolation and boredom strikes fast. I think my best advice is to keep at it and photograph things you enjoy. So that’s a bit of a look into the mind of a beginner photographer, all in all I think having to figure most of it out on my own is going to make me a better photographer.

Written by: Grey Yeo

Published by Caliburn Photography And Design

Small business in Edmonton specializing in Photography and Graphic Design by Keshia Erin. Capture. Create. Community.

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