Sunday was fun, it's been a while since I've been able to nerd out on the technical aspects of photography with a learning photographer. Robyn has been a friend for a few years and last week she reached out to me asking if I would be free to spend a few hours at a park with her and her brand-new DSLR camera. She is attending a photography class at the Southwest School of Art and wanted some in-the-field coaching.
Learning how to use a camera is a huge challenge, if you're actually trying to learn how it works so you can control it, and it's so much easier when you have someone beside you who can explain why your images are looking the way they are, and what you need to change to get them to look how you want them to look.
I love seeing new photographers learn and discover what they can do with their cameras, it's so much fun and it really helps me remember how much work does go into photography. I've been behind a camera since middle school and so much of the technical side of things are just muscle memory for me that this point, my eye is extremely developed and I know how to capture virtually everything the way I want to capture it. I honestly take that for granted and am so overly critical of my work that it's really good to have a reminder now and then about how much work I've done to get where I am today.
There are so many different aspects that go into how a photograph looks. The lens you use, the specific camera settings you use, the type and direction of light on the objects you're photographing, the colors and shapes of each element in the image, etc. When you're just starting photographing it is so much to keep in your head - it can be really overwhelming because you have to stop and think it through every single time before you take a photograph.
The only way to become a better photographer is practice and repetition, but first you have to learn how to capture the image you're wanting to get, and that means learning how cameras work. The good news is that all cameras (even the cameras on your cell phone) work the same way. During the photowalk with Robyn we mostly focused on how to control your depth of field, practicing manually setting the exposure on your camera as the light changed (as the clouds covered and uncovered the sun), and what to look for in a scene to capture striking photographs.
If you're wanting to learn more about photography check out the Photography 101 section of my blog, and you can always message me on social media or via e-mail with any questions you may have! We can always do a photowalk as well!