One of my many goals at the beginning of 2014 was to learn more about using my drawing and art skills for more than just fun. I discovered that I love Graphic Arts (Photoshop®, Artrage®, Picmonkey®, etc). To do what I am doing now (making images for my blogs and completing art/school projects) I realized I would need more and better photos than I could take with my iPhone® or buy online.
So, I asked my Dad to find me some video classes on Photography and if I could use the older of the 2 cameras we have to practice what I would learn. He said yes to both. Even better, he let me use the camera during our trip across country! Like he said at one point, I got “Snap Happy” :D. I loved every minute of it!
The one and only video I had time to watch before we had to pack up for our recent move was one on Photo Composition. One of my favorite things the teacher said, which has stuck in my head, was that if something catches your eye, but you don’t know exactly why when you look at it more closely, don’t walk away. Work the scene, try different angles and objects of focus, etc.
Most likely, there is actually something there, it is just a matter of finding it. Because we were constantly on the move during our trip across the country, I wasn’t always able to do this. However, I did take almost 1,500 photos, some of which can be used instantly, others that need some editing time, and quite a few that will be deleted once I have time to go through them.
I didn’t always have my camera on me when something came up that I wanted pictures of. That is when my phone came in handy. When my siblings are being adorable or we are driving, or when I am out without my camera, I can use my phone as an alternative (or vise versa depending on how you look at it).
Most of the time I get ok photos, but every once in a while I have been able to get some amazing shots. Honestly, the photography skills I am learning from my dad and the videos don’t just apply to my camera. They can apply to all my photo-taking devices, as well as when I am making my computerized art. I now have plenty of photos for the fan-fictions I am writing and all of my other blog posts.
Posted in Honor of World Photography Day, celebrating photography’s 177th birthday.