I have dabbled in photography for some time now, about four years. I definitely think I’ve gotten better over the years, but I’m still not the best I can be. I kind of understand a lot of the technical stuff, but again there is lots I can learn. The one thing I can’t grasp though is how to set up a good shot. I guess you could say that I don’t quite have that “Eye” for photography, that some do.
Just this morning I did a photo shoot with singer-songwriter Dayna Manning. Disclosure I also work with Dayna at Motion Media. We were doing the shoot because coming up in April, I believe about April 15(?), She will be doing a performance at the North Peace Cultural Centre here in Fort St. John, so this is some promotional material for her poster.
The one thing that I couldn’t wrap my mind around, was how to properly set her up with the surrounding. Her living room is very bright with lots of colors and it was a good set up, but I couldn’t see its. This is why I rely a lot on the subject explaining to me what it is that they want. I suppose this is why many photographers read books on photography, follow other photographers and take in what everyone else is doing, but I haven’t been able to do that lately.
I’m not completely satisfied with how I performed at the shoot, although it was very casual. I often think when people ask me to be a photographer, they expect me to know or at least have an idea of what I’m going to do. As I went through the some hundred photos that I took, I do think some of them actually did turn out well and was able to edit them down to about 39.
Practice will help me get better, so well the advice of others and research. As long as I continue to do it I can only really get better, for now it’s a good thing I’ve got a good editing program.