My good photographer friend lent me her camera, which is a Cannon EOS 60D…much nicer than my entry-level Canon Rebel dslr. I’ve only played around with it once or twice, but I can already see the difference in the quality of the photos I’ve taken. She also supplied me with several lenses, including her 50mm 1.8 lens. It makes me drool.
For those who don’t know a lot about cameras, the 1.8 means a very short depth of field. You know, when the subject is in focus & the foreground & background are blurred? Like so:
This image was just captured in a spare moment, so it’s nothing special (other than the fact that the subject is the most special!).
I’m still trying to find my editing style. That is SO difficult. I struggle to find the balance between under-edited & over-edited. I want to make my images pop, but not have them look like I processed the crap out of them. I also want to find an editing style that is “me.” It’s one of those things where I look at someone else’s work & I can say, “that’s the look I love” or “that’s not the look I love,” but creating something I LOVE myself…??? The other problem is that I am a perfectionist and always hyper-critical of my own work, so I can’t tell whether my images are actually good & I’m just too harsh on myself or whether they aren’t good. And if they aren’t good, what do I need to change to make them better. AAAAAGGGHH. So many questions & no answers.
I imagine all the answers & confidence are things that comes over time & with practice. Both things I’m hoping to acquire along this yearlong photography project.
I’ve got some fun ideas for photos for next week. I am going to make the most out of the time I have with my dear friend’s awesome camera.