As an artist who is relatively new to sharing my art via the internet, I soon realised that it is VITAL to be able to take high quality photographs of my work in order to share them with others. It was almost pointless sharing my slightly blurred, low quality phone-camera images because they simply did not do my work justice. Luckily, I am fortunate enough to have a very supportive and generous man in my life who happened to beautifully surprise me with a DSLR for my birthday. Yipeee! Needless to say I was absolutely delighted, and immediately began taking millions photographs of my art and its processes. Whilst my new toy seemed to do the job perfectly, I have not really ventured away from the safe little green button- AUTO. In fact, I had not really taken pictures of anything OTHER than my art. It occurred to me that this was, and still is, ridiculous. This piece of equipment is expertly designed and capable of taking some breath taking images (in the right hands of course). I decided that I was not letting the camera spread its little wings and realise its full potential. How cruel! So I took it on a walk with me this weekend to see what it can do.
I will admit that I purposely did not read any ‘how to’ or instructions prior to this. These photos are simply the work of someone who has NO IDEA how to use a DSLR, and as such, are probably awkward and unimpressive. BUT before you immediately stop reading at the thought of uninspiring images, I did this for a reason. I thought it would be interesting to see the BEFORE and AFTER impact that good advice and research has on my photos. I hope to share any lessons I learn along the way with other newbie photographers 🙂
Big cuddles and hugs,