“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” -J.R.R Tolkien
Hey Friends! I am beyond thrilled to be releasing my new website to the great wide web. I still can't believe I got the domain and took the steps to get it here. 😁
Yet here I am.
Since this is my first 'personal' post on here, I think it's a good idea to talk about how I got to be here. Today I will talk about my early experiences with photography.
I borrowed my first camera.
It was early in the year 2016. I had always loved taking pictures. I liked the feeling of creating something. I was just sixteen years old when the idea of becoming a photographer ripped through my brain. But then all the reasons why I shouldn't entered the scene:
You're too young to know what you want to be when you grow up.
You won't be able to figure it out on your own.
No one will like the pictures you take.
You don't have a camera.
You won't ever be able to afford a DSLR.
I was discouraged, so I put it aside for a bit. Turns out 'a bit' didn't end up being very long. One day while I was researching and learning how to use a camera in manual mode (keep in mind I still had no camera of any kind)--- I came across an article which changed everything for me. It told me I didn't need a fancy camera to take photos. I could learn photography on any camera.
The article told me the photographer is the one who gives an image its beauty. The camera is simply a tool. My mind was blown. And then it was phase two. It was time to find a camera of any kind to use.
Solution? My sister Hannah had a little point and shoot camera she didn't use too often, which I asked if I could borrow. She said yes!😁 Below are some of the first photos I took on that camera.
I discovered learning limitations.
Well, about half of the year 2016 had elapsed, and I had learned an awful lot. I was 100% convinced I loved photography. I could have spent all day on it and never gotten tired of learning new things. But I was running into issues.
I discovered that though the article was true... there were a few things on my current point and shoot which made growing in my photography challenging.
1. I wanted to have the control on where my camera was focusing. And my PAS wasn't cutting it. The focusing features gave me little to no control, and I wanted that creative control.
2. I got mad at exposure because the PAS camera wouldn't let me manually control all the settings in the exposure triangle I'd read about.
I started telling some of my friends and family I wanted to be a photographer, and from there quit art class (still a sad decision for me!) because my grandparents told me that they would pay for part of the camera instead of art class if I wanted. But I was sure photography was what I wanted to pursue so I went ahead! I got my first DSLR.
(Below is some of my first portrait work on my borrowed point-and-shoot! I have certainly come a long way. 😄)
My First DSLR
November 11th, 2016 arrived and with it the Canon Eos Rebel T6. Yay! The package kept delaying and my patience got tested, but when it finally arrived I was so happy.
One valuable thing I learned in waiting for a camera is that we as people can be very impatient to jump ahead. But growth is a process, and sometimes you need those moments of waiting to be brought to maturity in so many different areas. I would argue that the majority of our growth is slow and happens over time. If I had gotten what I wanted right away, I doubt I would have appreciated it as I did when I received my first DSLR.
So that's my early history! I hope you enjoyed reading part one and seeing some of my early work (pretty bad, wasn't it? But I love them anyway, because they take me back in time, and I love reminiscing.).
I'll return with part two of this series in a week or so, in which I'll detail my early work with my first DSLR. And you'll get to see some of my early portrait work, which will be a huge treat😝.
If you liked this post, please stay tuned for more like it soon!