I decided today to take on my peer reviewer’s advice and become more personal with being a photographer. Hence all these embarrassing photos I took when I first started photography in 2012. There are a bunch of things I would change now if given the chance to re-edit/shoot these. I feel like I lacked direction with my work, took WAAAY too many out of focused shots, and heavily abused the ‘offset’ function on Photoshop. Even so, I wanted to show these photos in response to questions I’ve received in the past.
Such as “you have a nice camera so that must be why you take good photos” or “were you always talented?” .
And to all those statements, No.
No one is born with an innate skill to take photos, and purchasing the latest camera model isn’t what guarantees an amazing photo. A personal example would be the equipment I used to take my photos from 2012 – 2015. A Canon 550d (aka a Digital Rebel T2i) and the cheapest camera lens on the market (50mm). Despite all of those factors I managed to create these:
(note: I chose to reference my own work since I felt weird if I used someone else’s old work and compared it to their current photos. Also I felt like I couldn’t judge anyone else’s work other than my own)
I don’t mean to say my work is the best, but I felt that even with that equipment I had at the time, I managed to create something that looked decent. Which brings me to my next topic, on how many beginning photographers believe once they start taking photos they will immediately become Bella Kotak and make large sums of money. Unfortunately, that is not the case. From personal experience I managed to develop my photography skills through time.
Yes, a lot of time sitting in front of the computer.
A friend once told me “Anything can look easy, but what counts is the hours you spend to make that moment look effortless”. And that resonated with me because in theory photography seems to be an easy task, click a button, add a couple of “filters” and BAM done. However, what a lot of individuals don’t know is how much time goes into post production.
Take this before & after for example.
Notice any differences?
Therefore to conclude, the best way to get better at something is through practice, experiment, make mistakes and develop a personal style. Because at the end of the day the one thing no one can take away from you is your effort to improve.
Thank you to all who read this long post, I’ve always worried if I ever wrote a non-positive insight on photographers that I would come off as an arrogant person. Please excuse any cheesy / cliche lines, I personally loathe using them, but sometimes I feel like they’re accurate in moments like this. Also, if you enjoyed the article or have your own personal thoughts, feel free to comment down below.