My previous experience with photography, you ask? It is none existent. I used to run from people holding a camera and I never intended on picking one up. I used to be extremely self-conscious about literally everything. So there is no wonder that I didn’t want any documentation of my old self. My current experience with photography, you ask? It is mediocre at best. I no longer run from cameras and I now always carry one around with me (my Iphone). I describe my current experience as mediocre because I don’t consider myself a photographer. I never stop mid-walk to take a picture of a pretty scenery, cute animal, etc.. I don’t see the world as photographers do. I enjoy taking photos, but I’m never under any sort of pressure to make it look artsy or professional. Most of my pictures are focused around myself (not to sound vain, but I take a lot of selfies), my boyfriend, Abigail (the two year old I nanny), family, friends, events I go to, trips I go on, and nature. As I said before, I don’t have a certain technique when I am taking pictures. I’m kind of like a grandma – I take fifty steps back, normally and unknowingly cover the lens with my finger, snap the picture, and then have to go back to step one and try again. I will say I am proud of myself for one photography-based task I completed over the summer. Before my boyfriend and I went on our trip to California, I bought a polaroid camera to document our trip with. On the trip, I found myself taking pictures at moments where I felt intense emotions. When I got home, I decided to write how I felt on each of my polaroid and create a collage on my bedroom wall. I think it turned out to be a successful craft, but I’ll let you be the judge:
After reviewing the articles, I concluded that my photography skills, or lack there of, can use a lot of work. I learned that I should be picker when it comes to taking my photos. I can’t count the amount of times I have taken awful photos because I thought I needed to document the moment, when in reality I ended up deleting the photo two days later. I was also reminded to change my perspective more. I am usually good at using different angles, but I am human and I do forget sometimes that the angle of a photo can drastically change the story I am trying to tell with it. On that note, I was reminded to just slow down and enjoy the moment. I am always on the go, so whenever I take a picture, I normally snap it very quickly and then move on to the next task at hand. I really love little moments in life when something or someone reminds me to slow down and enjoy the little things. I am in dire need of doing that more often. Probably the biggest thing I took away from these articles, besides the importance of good lighting (and believe me I am the queen of selfies – I know all about good lighting and it’s benefits), is to really acknowledge the story I am trying to tell whenever I take photographs. I can’t wait to implicate this newfound view on photography.