Do you like taking photos all the time?
Do you enjoy taking photos of people as well as landscapes and nature?
Do you find yourself wishing you had a camera with you all the time?
Do you have a friend with a DSLR and have a tiny bit of camera envy?
Do you walk by the camera section of the store and stop to see different cameras and lenses and wish they cost less?
But, this is just establishing your interest in taking photos and wanting to continue taking photos.
I'm sure I'm not the first to say that photography has very little to do with picking up a new camera and lens and becoming good.
Photography is a whole new way of thinking and seeing the world. Its about finding the right light and finding a very flattering yet real way of showing something. Its sharing what you see with others and knowing that your unique taste and eye put it all together.
And its telling yourself that you will learn how to operate a camera, and spend tons of hours practicing, and improving. That when you get stuck and quite can't figure out a concept or it "just doesn't like how I want it to" and push forward to find out why.
To anyone who think they will pick up a camera and just go, is not being realistic. But, it is a start.
And the fact that you're ready to purchase a DSLR is just the beginning. Some folk buy one and keep it on AUTO for years as photos generally come out well. But, there are others who dive into settings and what can this do attitude.
Operating photography equipment requires skill. Taking a good photo requires a good eye. And combining the two takes a lot of practice.
If you have read through this whole post you may be ready for a DSLR.
If you're like suggestions on models, lenses or where to buy please message me.
Its been a while, but I decided to visit the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston today. I used to go there a lot to take macros and to play around with my new lenses.
There is always something fun to photograph there. From the flowers, to trees, to shows and different themed displays.
Today there was a caterpillar show. Although they aren't the cutest beings, they are very interesting and come in all shapes and sizes. Those photos are posted on my Facebook, but I'll share a couple here.
If you haven't been to Tower Hill, visit. There is tons to see, lots of grounds for picnicking and you'll see something different every time you go.
When you purchase one of my wedding packages or photo session packages with the digital option you get a custom CD. (For weddings you get a custom DVD).
These are custom designed just for you. Using great materials and high res images you'll always be able to remember your special day.
Please enjoy some samples from some recent senior portraits.
For anyone who is contemplating starting a photography business geared towards photographing people I highly recommend finding a model or several models to work with.
There are always aspiring models, friends who like to model and others you can search for in your town.
I had the privilege of meeting a lot of models when I was part of a photography club a couple years ago. Over time I built some relationships with a few of them and have worked with them since.
Benefits of working with a model:
1. You get to photograph someone that you don't see all the time. So although its just for practice it feels more official then photographing your children or room-mates.
2. Models feel comfortable in front of the camera. If you are just starting out it can be scary taking photos of someone who gets really nervous in front of the camera. It helps put you at ease.
3. They can teach you how to approach someone given their experience. They've done this before many times and know what helps them relax. That can help you with your next client.
4. They understand the basics of posing. Even if they only have three good poses that work for them these are three proven poses you didn't know before. You can then take these poses and expand on them.
5. Models are often very good about giving you tips on clothing, locations, and "what ha worked for them".
6. Models tend to know other photographers and other models. And as you know networking is extremely important in this industry.
7. You can try out that new lens or camera and they'll be more than happy to model for you.
I've been working with Katie Sands for several years now and she has been great. I've learned so much and also laughed a lot. You've probably seen a few of her photos on my website. We are actually planning another photo session for this September.
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