I've always been interested in photography. I started taking some shots with my dad's camera and some time later bought a Pentax SLR which I used mostly to shoot slides. I now have a Canon DSLR, but I still don't even rate myself as an amateur photographer. I've read a lot of theoretical stuff about photography. Some of it stuck, but most of it got forgotten. I've always said someday I'll learn this stuff properly, just never got around to it.
Recently I found a well known photographer on twitter. He is Scott Bourne (@ScottBourne from photofocus.com) and through his tweets I learnt of a challenge he had issued to Tasra, a friend of his.
It was a simple challenge with 3 steps in it. Those steps were to be repeated every day for a full year. Yes, it's one of those 365 projects, in which you take a shot every day. However the other 2 steps were what I found most interesting.
Step 2 is reading a page from your camera's manual. I've browsed through mine. I actually never read it from cover to cover.
Step 3 is to visit a professional photographer's site and look at their shots.
Scott's friend, Tasra, created an area inside her site specifically for this purpose, and has been updating it regularly.
I liked this challenge, and am going to follow it too. I'll make some minor changes that should not have an impact on the learning process.
- I have created a new blog, which you are now reading, where I'll post links to my shots. I'll try to explain what I tried to achieve in each photo, and how I went about it.
- I will read pages from my camera manual, and/or from some other photo equipment's manual. Maybe even a book about photography. Like Tasha, I will try to daily summarize what I have learnt from the page (or pages) I have read.
- I will visit sites belonging to professional photographers. Now comes the tricky part. I honestly don't know that many professional photographers, and on the other hand I'm not completely comfortable commenting on their shots. That is what I want to do. I want to document what I "learn" from their shots. I hope I don't end up saying too many stupid things.
Anyway, I'm trying to get things ready to start at the beginning of next month, but it's getting dangerously close. Another problem I have is that I work full time and I have to commute daily to and from work. It's not very easy (or safe) to carry a DSLR every day. That will be a challenge. I may take some pictures with my cellphone camera, or I might even buy a PS one. It's easier to carry, and can be used in a more inconspicuous way. I'll keep you posted.