I would like to start by saying that I actually finished this post yesterday; however, WOW. Was it looooong… So, I took a day to let the ideas I wrote about my shooting style simmer for a little bit, and now I’m ready to write a summarized version of that long list with it’s long descriptions. Haha.
After writing my long list of what makes up my particular shooting style, I must say that a lot of what I chose throughout my journey did come from the photographers I followed online. This is especially true for my equipment, the fact that I love natural light, and the fact that I mainly try to shoot in manual mode. This is not to say that if a there comes a moment when I need to work specifically in creative modes to get the shot (Av, Tv, etc.), that I won’t do this. (I’m particularly thinking of two(?) New Years ago when the lighting was changing constantly, but I knew that I wanted to keep a specific ISO level:
I just tend to prefer shooting in manual for the most part, but it really allows me to control exactly how I want the image to turn out. And I like that.
However, I rarely will pull out a flash and often try to avoid using man-made lighting – usually only during a wedding reception do you see me working the man-made light(s) – and I feel that this is where I could open up a bit more, learn some things. Like I said, most of the photographers I’ve followed and learned from also used natural lighting, so I’m actually quite nervous and find it difficult to control certain flash units in regards to what I want to see in my image. I would like to expand my knowledge here, for sure.
In regards to other aspects of my shooting style, I would love to begin shooting more of my everyday life and routine (at home and outside), but usually I set up photo excursions for myself because I feel it’s too much of a hassle to take my heavy camera with me everywhere I go all the time – especially when that weight is added to my purse with all of its TOEFL/ESL books. Actually, Ive been thinking of getting a point and shoot (eying that S95!) in order to make this goal a little bit easier, but we shall see. Maybe I can just work out more. 😉
And as I’ve mentioned before, I love shooting a variety of subjects, and I’ve loved every wedding I’ve shot, but I’m trying to capture more of my everyday because I find it enjoyable and soothing. And I’m inspired by so many others who do it so beautifully. It also allows me to stop, observe, and think about what I’m shooting: the story behind it, how it makes me feel. I usually prefer shooting alone for these reasons, too, because otherwise I can sometimes feel a little too rushed, but if I got out with friends on some excursions, I can also find it enjoyable depending on the day.
So, with that, there is my summarized version, which I feel is still somewhat lengthy, but trust me, the other one would not have been nearly as succinct. LOL.
Thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait to read about your particular shooting style! 🙂