So I want to act like a big bad ass photographer and say oh yeah, bring anything my way! I know it all! Well my friends, let’s have a confessions session shall we? I don’t know it all. I’m completely self taught…well, that’s a lie; I’ve had some help along the way. But I never went to photography school and I don’t even have the best equipment possible. I shoot with the Canon 30D and I get jealous of everyone else’s 5D Mark II’s around me. But I’m learning to work with what I have and become a (hopefully) awesome photographer. And random coincidence, I’m watching Chace Jarvis give a speech on YouTube and he just said, “Your gear does not matter, the photographer matters”. Perfect timing to go with my thoughts. It’s so true though, think of all of the amazing photographers from the past and think of the cameras they had! Nothing compared to this day in age.
Let’s get back to the point of my blog. The truth of the matter is, I just switched my camera settings from AV mode to manual mode this weekend…don’t judge me. I have to tell you though, as soon as I took “the leap”, I was wondering why I didn’t do this a loong time ago! My pictures looked so much better. That’s right folks; I’m going to toot my own horn here for a minute. Actually, let me rephrase that, I’m going to toot my cameras horn. I’ve been dying for a new camera for awhile to produce better pictures but I wasn’t using my current one to its full potential. Ever hear the phrase it isn’t you it’s me? That was definitely the case in this situation and I didn’t even know it.
Being able to control the aperture, the shutter speed and the amount of bokeh is huge. You can achieve the picture you are envisioning in your mind that you aren’t able to achieve in AV mode. If you haven’t pulled the trigger and tried manual mode, you need to seriously take your camera out, turn it on, give it a giant kiss and start practicing! As soon as I did that, I felt like I really connected with it…isn’t that so cheesy? But it’s so true. I was in complete control over everything and it felt good. I’m excited to take pictures again, especially with a new perspective. Point is, you never stop learning and you never stop growing. Not only with photography but with anything you’re passionate about. Some days you’re lucky enough to wake up and the passion is sizzling a little more.
Here are a few Halloween pictures from this weekend. I know I’m a day late and a dollar short but these were my practice photos in manual mode.