Saturday, 23 August 2014

A budget, the gear, not much of an idea...

Gear on a budget...
Hi all,

I got my dslr not too long ago, end of April in fact, since then I've been adding to my kit here and there. I've had to work on a budget what with me being an impoverished student!! So I've searched Ebay, Amazon for bargains!!

My Canon 600d was bought second hand and it came with the 18-55mm kit lens and a few other bits and pieces, such as a tripod, couple of filters and a bag. Everything I needed to get me started on my new photography adventure. I got a "nifty fifty" lens and a telephoto zoom, both original Canon for very reasonable prices online and I've dabbled with them both. I found some screw in macro filters and some ND filters online, again nice and cheap.

I then went for wired and wireless releases, battery grip and more recently a flashgun with triggers. Amazon must love me!

I guess what I am getting at is that this early in my photographic journey, which lets face it is only 5 months old, did i really need all that kit? Does it mean I take better shots? Do I understand the fundamentals and theory of photography any better cos I spent out on this stuff?

No not really!! I get that to learn I must do, I must fail and try again, learning from my mistakes. I could learn composition using my Galaxy S4 or shutter, ISO, aperture relationship using my Fuji bridge camera. In truth I like stuff, I like having all the gear despite having no idea what the hell I am doing, some of it I haven't even used!

Don't get me wrong I've got better, I think more about my shot before I click the shutter. Yet that has nothing to do with the gear, its a state of mind, its asking for help from kind people I know (or don't know via various Facebook groups). I read magazines, watch YouTube tutorials and the like and my brain is slowly absorbing it, but getting out and doing is the only way to ensure its all going to stick.

So I guess I could be label a tart for wanting all the kit, even though most is cheap unbranded gear, looking the part yet actually I am a wanna be "tog".

Take my advice, don't spend for two reasons... 1, you don't need to in order to take great shots and 2, it keeps the better half off yr back and there is no explaining why all these parcels from Amazon and Ebay keep arriving at the door!!

Thanks for reading, please click. share and do leave me a comment!!!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Getting it right...

 As you can see from these shots the scenery in Gran Canaria is absolutely stunning. I was on a boat trip along the Atlantic coast and happily shooting away with my DSLR, as I've said before, being a novice it was more point and hope than anything else!!

Once I got home to the UK and uploaded all my shots up to the pc I could see that the shots, and there were loads, looked really bland and kind of washed out. They are fairly uninspiring and fall into the category of "holiday snaps" rather than any photographic outcome. I was a bit disappointed!!

Anyway, after talking to some kind souls (Thanks Fiona and Andy!!) on the  Digital DSLR Photography Magazine cc Group, on Facebook, which incidentally I highly recommend joining as these people really know their stuff and will give you some honest and excellent critiques of your shots, solutions were offered as to improving them.

I am aware that as far as composition goes I was limited in that I couldn't move the boat or whatever so had to work with what I got.

So what did I learn? Well, I need to work on using the camera settings properly to work with the conditions I find myself in and then also work on understanding how to improve things within editing software, so as suggested, I shall spend some time reading up and watching some tutorials on YouTube!!

As always, would love your thoughts...


Monday, 18 August 2014

My camera in Gran Canaria...

Sorry not to have updated for a while... been a manic time for me recently, a funeral, my wedding and a honeymoon!!

Anyway, I took my camera to the beautiful island of Gran Canaria to capture your usual holiday snaps to have some memories of my honeymoon for the future. While there I tried to use it more creatively, recalling that bright sunlight is not always the best for shooting, yet its a part of life down in the Atlantic near the Tropic of Cancer. So to wait for softer light and skies seemed to be taking away from the beautiful place I was in...

The couple of shots below of some jetski action were taken on Tv mode so I could try and freeze the action and get some life into the spray around the action. I kinda cheated by putting the camera on auto ISO and burst mode so I could be more confident of getting the shot I wanted.

Admittedly my skill level is still at the level of point, click the shutter and hope, but I am pretty pleased with these 2 shots. I took plenty of scenery shots and will stick a few up when I have messed with them in PS to clean them up a bit...

Hope you like them and would be great to hear your thoughts!!