The method: learn by doing. Take photos of spinning wheels in different settings with the idea that spinning wheels are more or less the same, but each location will teach me something new.
I want to learn:
compisistion - how to compose the photo so it looks good
how to see what my camera sees
how to get my camera to see what I see
all about light and how it influences the photo
how to take classic style photography
how to take stock photography
what all these buttons do on my camera
delete not-perfect photos
This thread is about me exploring photography. I suspect the photos I share with you won't be very good. They will probably be the worst of the ones I take. But I'm hoping that each will teach me something and over time I'll improve.
To start with, I'm focusing on taking the photo. I want to take good photos so that I don't have to do too much editing. My theory is, the better the photo, the less time spent editing it.
Why spinning wheels? Because the basement is full of them and it's time for them to earn their keep.
My first attempt is on a sunny day at about 1pm. The day is hot and dusty but my thought was I could find a shady spot and take pictures.
The place I chose was beautiful, but not right for this time of year or day.
No matter what angle I took the photo at, it felt like the wheel was backlit.
My main focus today was to
experiment with the rule of thirds and composistion
I added 'delete not-perfect photos' to my list of things to learn. This is going to be a difficult thing to learn as I think I have saved every single digital photo I ever took. Which means I'm wasting a lot of computer space storing crappy photos.
In one of my wild variety of jobs, I used to work as a curator, for a photographer, so am very familiar with the difficulty - and importance - of weeding out the less than perfect photos. In my experience, it was most effectively & efficiently accomplished as part of a system of categorization. I looked at each shot to determine:
A - quality; I tossed anything unsalvageable, and kept folders for things that would be perfect, with minor tweaking
B - topic (hers were many!)
C - chronology
As I sorted, we'd confer on tweaking options, according to what she was willing to do. If something only needed minor cropping, she often left that to me. If it was a lighting issue, that was more of an 'artsy' thing, in most cases, so was left to her. Editing out things that could detract from the shot, like a power line, an unexpected/ accidental photo bomb, etc were divided between us according to time requirements, skill, etc.
All of this sorting took a lot of space, too, but in the long run, it saved untold gigs, and made finding specific pics much easier. We researched many online tools, to help sort them all out, and hands down, Dropbox was the best one, for our purposes, because it was fairly inexpensive, shareable, and infinite folders and files are possible. But, they key for us, was moving things off the hard drives, as we went. That did a couple important things. First, it freed up space on the hard drives, for photo dumps, to add to my never ending job security. But, just as importantly, it helped us keep track of exactly what had been curated, and what hadn't. When two people are working on something like this, and at different times, speeds, and decision making abilities (anything I was unsure of had to be deferred to her, lol), keeping track would otherwise have been a nightmare. Ymmv... Good luck!
The only thing...more expensive than education is ignorance.~Ben Franklin
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