For your laughs, I am posting some very retarded looking photos that I have been shooting as practice with the Canon EOS Rebel xsi 450D. It’s been a bit frustrating because I am still clueless on what I am doing and my pics don’t look the way I vision them to look. I don’t have a creative visual eye nor am I anything close to being tech savvy. So being able to learn to take decent pictures is challenging. But hey, that just means I gotta practice more…A LOT more than those that naturally have the talent and skills to create visually and aesthetically pleasing masterpieces. In the meantime, I can laugh at myself and will continue to stomp my feet from the frustration. Maybe months from now, I can look back and laugh at myself again (without the stomping or cursing).
I began practicing by shooting landscape. That was easy. Nature just does all the work for you, with the lighting from the sun and just everything being beautiful. It’s just hard to get ugly pictures with beautiful scenery. I realize that there are a number of flaws that can be pointed out to the critical eye…even looking at some of these now, I see overly graininess. Maybe the ISO was too high.
I’ve only shot with natural lighting so far. I have yet to delve into the art of using artificial lighting. That’s far far away from the agenda. I haven’t even mastered this natural lighting business yet.
On my day off, I was able to shoot later than the usual times that I have been shooting (in 2-4pm lighting). I know it has a long long way to go to be any decent, but I guess I can say this is somewhat of an improvement compared to the other blueberries photos. Shot later in the afternoon, different bowl (clear), and using a tripod.
Getting a hold of a tripod made a huge difference in image and comfort in using. My dad lent me the tripod too.
It is about 30 years old. But hey, it gets the job done. I can’t complain. I remember this tripod being used for many many family photographs over the years, back in the days (dad used it mostly in the 80s…not so much in the later years since his equipment started getting lighter). So I guess it’s somewhat of a family gem being passed down.
As far as props and equipment go, I plan on going DIY as much as I can and find things around the house that I can use. I want to spend as little as possible if I can. For a reflector (it’s the only reflector source that I have used so far, so I have nothing to compare it to), I have been using a silver cake board. I also have a white cardboard that I use for a bouncer. When I am ready to start exploring with other colors, I will get more card boards in different shades at Daiso ($1.50). I think Daiso will be my place to shop for props and things. And for the rest, I will dig through my house. I “getting creative” and finding value in old junk is what I gotta do.
Sandra of Sandra’s Easy Cooking has been a big source of moral support in this whole process, holding my hand and being encouraging. She’s great at dumbing things down to explain things in a way I can understand better. Her food photos are always mouthwatering (she’s a pro hehe). So I am always learning from her. I always tell her that it would be so cool if we were neighbors. I’d be following my nose to her door since she’s always cooking up something yummy. And it would be so cool to watch her in action (shooting her food). I think I’d be able to learn a bit faster and more efficiently if I can observe someone in person and maybe shadow them, and to have someone there to observe me and tell me what I am doing wrong. But oh well…I will make ado.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/114895417659148613939 – this google + community is pretty supportive can be helpful in critiquing each others’ work. Some of the members are professional photographers. But sometimes people tend to spam with links and irrelevant pics, straying away from the whole purpose of the community. That part gets annoying, but other than that, it’s great. I haven’t submitted any photos there (taken with the DSLR) yet though.