When I started blogging - 9 years ago - I realized I needed to get into photography to produce nature images as well as nature words. So I went back to school - online - to Digital Photography School (DPS). I learned technical things I didn't used to know - how to use manual mode, different lenses, focussing and other stuff. But I'm still rarely satisfied with the results. I still find it incredibly hard to replicate the images in my mind with the ones I end up capturing. I also know I don't practice enough.
I started thinking, maybe my problem isn't technical after all. Maybe it's about confidence, about accepting myself. I found a piece by Gina Malicia on the DPS website incredibly helpful. It's called Game Changers: How to take your photography to the next level.
The first point Gina makes is to take photos of subjects and experiences that you love. If you do this, she says, you will always be excited and inspired. I never tire of taking shots of the garden and the plants and wildlife visiting or living in it. It's always changing, so there's always something new to wonder at. I also never tire of taking photos of children enjoying nature. If young people have positive experiences, I figure they will grow up as protectors, not exploiters, of the natural world.
Passion, not perfection is what it's all about. I do know this profound truth, but from time to time I forget and need to be reminded. I have found living is not so enjoyable when you're thinking you're not up to scratch, not good enough. Don't just focus on what something looks like, Gina says, focus on how it feels.
These two photos were taken at sunset through the window in a friend's suburban house. The scene was actually quite prosaic, but the fading light made it look moody, and the silhouettes made it look romantic and interesting.
Thank you, Gina, for helping me to change my game.