I've been taking a photography class. Actually, this is the same class I took 4 years ago. (slow learner)
First time around, I wanted to really learn how to use my DSLR. I learned. The 'really' part is a bit sketchy. (I have upgraded my camera since then. Good excuse? not really.) I always shoot in manual mode and flipping those ISO and aperature dials is fun. I get OK shots that sometimes need a wee bit of help post-production. You can usually tell what I tried to shoot.
But, this time around that isn't good enough. This teacher is a true artist and is emphasizing the art of photography. The light. The composition. The potential.
He really liked this one. Silly me thought things were supposed to be in focus, but this was a slow-shutter speed exercise. I like it, too, but I couldn't replicate this in a million clicks. Maybe that's the point.
The same assignment had us using a very fast shutter speed to capture something moving quickly...
I didn't show him this one. It's of our toilet flushing. Bet you wish I hadn't shown you, either.
I've followed along with the detailing, composition....color, funky cropping
But, now we're doing more and more in Photoshop and my techie self hasn't matured a bit in the past four years. I'm as clueless as ever.
Meet my husband...
I think I need to read the Photoshop manual again. And watch some more Youtube videos. And take better notes in class. (He goes so darn fast, though....I obviously left out a couple steps! ) Thank goodness I'm just auditing this!!!
So, with just a little over a month to go...this is what I've learned:
- Yes, you really DO need to shoot in RAW format. (I was totally unconvinced 4 years ago, and insisted on using only JPEG high res. I was so wrong.)
- You can take a so-so photo, and by cropping out extraneous stuff, and with a few simple edits, make it an OK shot. (I haven't attained the WOW factor yet. 'Art' photography will probably always elude me.)
- I definitely need Digital Photography II. (I've already signed up.)
- But, most importantly, 'art' is in the eye of the beholder....
For me, this was my best work of the semester.