I have never been a true photographer, and have never attended any class in photography. In fact, my interest in photography was never there till a few years back when I took a picture of my girl and she just looked beautiful in it. That was when I developed some kind of interest in photography and decided to buy an entry level DSLR to try it out.
I then searched through internet to learn more about photography, the different settings, and of course including other stuffs such as compositions, exposures, apertures etc etc.
More importantly is that I have never had any professional photographers commenting on my pictures before (because I know none of them!) and therefore I really do not know where I stand, though I always thought that I’m still at the basic level.
I’ve always considered myself low in creativity, and also lousy in colour management. Hence, sometimes my pictures can really turn out to be horribly imbalance in terms of colour. But I just couldn’t get myself to get it right.
It was by chance that I saw Helen’s post (another blogger) who has been active in a photography learning lesson from posted by another blogger (Raj).
Out of curiosity, I went to Raj’s blog and was attracted to how he shared his knowledge and thoughts through his blog and also encourages readers to learn together with him. And he will provide his professional comments on the readers’ photographs when they post their pictures with a ping back to his blog.
And so, that’s what I’m doing now for a start. I am keen to improve my photography skill, but yet, I have to be honest that I’m skeptical of this idea in the beginning. Now, what if Raj sees my pictures and says that they are total craps?
Nevertheless, there’s no gain if there’s no pain. I just have to bring up my courage and at least try for the very first time. There’s always a first time, be it good or bad, right?
Today, after reading Raj’s latest post, I picked 3 pictures which I have taken last week and decided to give a go.
These pictures were taken with my Fujifilm X-T20 with the kit lens (XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS).
There are two pictures are quite similar except that one is in portrait while the other is in landscape mode.
I’m not sure why I have taken the first picture in portrait mode except that I thought I wanted to create a leading line that leads the viewers’ eyes to the horizon.
The above picture was taken with 1/600 sec at f/9.0, ISO 200
I personally love the next picture and what I wanted to capture was the lonely stone chair that allows visitors to sit on and enjoy the beautiful scenery in front of them.
The above picture was taken with 1/1100 sec at f/7.1, ISO 200
The last picture was taken when I was resting on another stone chair with two big trees in front of me. As I was watching passers by walking past in front of me, I suddenly had the idea of capturing their silhouettes. I didn’t really get what I wanted and so make some adjustments in LR which resulted in the below picture.
The above picture was taken with 1/240 sec at f/9.0, ISO 200
Raj’s latest lesson is about contrast and I thought these 3 photos do have certain extent of contrast in them – the colour in the first two pictures and the silhouette in the third picture.
If anyone is interested, Raj’s post can be found here:
(edited after Helen pointed out the wrong URL I’ve pasted)