The daily amount of information on photography on the Internet is astonishing. Almost 200 years of photography combined with practically the whole world population making pictures generates an enormous amount of information on gear, tips, tricks, etc. A beginning enthusiast photographer can easily drown in so much information, it can become a full time job reading online articles and you never touch a camera. Rigorous selection is required. If you just bought a nice camera there is no need to keep on reading every camera review. If you are ambitious, focus on the most difficult aspect of photography: seeing the shot, expressing your view on the world, being creative. Be aware that most, if not all, “10 tips for xxxx photos” or “how to make xxxx photos like a pro” are simply click bait. You do not really believe yourself that what a dedicated professional costs many years to accomplish you will learn by just reading tips and tricks. So, being selective and knowing what you want are important presets for successful absorption of other people’s experience. Next time more how I try to build a sustainable learning loop.
Hanging around is a good method for getting better pictures. In this example I went to a small park in Tianjin (China), sat on a bench and waited to see what would happen. A couple was dancing, a man standing, mothers and children, and so on. So after people got used to me (a foreigner!), I took my 70-200mm as I was seated quite far from the action for a portrait shot. After an hour I had a couple of nice shots, below a few examples. So, choose a suitable location, ‘hang around’ and wait for the right moments: patience and concentration!
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A week ago on a rainy and cold day in Rouen, France. First thing you do in Rouen is visit the cathedral, which is a spectacular example of High Gothic style. Parked the car, took my photo bag (also holds umbrella, sandwiches, water!), arrived at the cathedral, opened the bag and low and behold: everything there except my D800 body! Then I remembered to have taken the body out and forgot to put it back the evening before. Took my Coolpix A back up camera, and worked with that. Inside I set ISO to 1600 and I was ready to go. I made a few nice pictures, proving that expensive gear is not a prerequisite for good photographs. I like the picture of the stairs. In post I had to remove an ugly lamp and pedestal on the right side in LR and of course converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro. I like the mysterious atmosphere. In the other the extreme Gothic style is well reflected: man reaching for heaven.
Next blog: hanging around
The common problem with blogs is you do not continue once started, at least not on a regular basis. I think it helps to blog about something you really care about, like me about photography. I am a beginner, at least that is how I feel. My gear is fine, good enough for most situations, and the quality of my photos will not depend on my gear but on my vision and craftsmanship. This blog is about my efforts of making better photographs, images which reflect my emotions and feelings, or just my taste.
I start with the present with flashback entries filling in the recent past.
I hope this blog will be entertaining and instructive for other beginning photographers. It will detail success and failure.
Gear freaks will have to look elsewhere, but occasionally I will discuss gear related issues. I follow – not very closely- dpreview for my gear related information.
My “display window” is www.arthurreijmer.com . I regularly prune the content, especially when I am unhappy about my photography. I like the concept of Viewbook, the website behind my photos. Simple, clean, focus on content.
I also publish some photos on 500px.com. 500px started with a good concept as an alternative for Flickr. Unfortunately, 500px followed the social media hypes (and the money). The comment section, meant to make the site ‘interactive’ is a joke. However, good photographers there, plenty of material to learn from.