After going through some books on the “how to” of photography, I’ve been working on getting beyond the basics. Back in 2017, I had started a 365 project of taking a photo and posting it every day. This worked out until about mid June when I had some travel that messed up my rhythm from which I never recovered.
What I did learn during these 6 months of daily practice:
- It all starts with the basics (aperture, iso, shutter)
- Glass can make all the difference, but it isn’t everything
- Learned all the settings on my cameras
- Muscle memory and habit helps get technology out of the way to focus on the shot
- The tech is secondary to skill
- Macro-photography can be a lot easier with extra lighting
- Lightroom isn’t the end-all-be-all of RAW processing
- Achieving an affect in front of the camera is far more effective than in post-processing
- I still have so much to learn
I don’t feel I’ve “mastered” photography but rather on solid ground as a perpetual student of the shutter button.