The 2013 photography project concluded
I started this blog to document my progress in trying to become a better photographer, showing the work and sharing what I learned along the way.
It’s been a fantastic year full of great experiences, new friendships and a passion found. I do think I‘ve succeeded in becoming a better photographer. I went from close to zero knowledge about exposure, focal lengths, my camera, post-processing, lighting, directing, and what makes a better photo, to being comfortable shooting in most settings or knowing where not to go with photography yet.
I owe a lot to Becky May, who ended up being something like a muse. I’ve lost count of how many shoots we’ve done together and every one of them added to my experience (thanks for the introduction, Nik).
Here are a few things I’ve learned
- Everything I heard about the Golden Hour is true, except that it lasts an hour.
- Fashion & Beauty photography is my thing.
- I love photographing architecture.
- Rotterdam is my favourite city for architecture shots (so far).
- London and I don’t get on when I carry my camera. I’d love to go to New York, San Francisco, Tokyo or Seattle.
- They've got a bad rep, but I like lens flares and light leaks.
- I actually only need one lens on outdoor shoots (Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM).
- I’d then use a second one for studio shoots (Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, usually on around 85mm, but I’d love to get a faster lens around this range.)
- VSCO Film rocks.
- It’s all about the eyes.
- There’s no money in photography.
- Always shoot in RAW.
- You need a lot of storage space.
- Different focal lengths and angles change face shapes.
- I hate camera straps.
- I still don’t like having my own picture taken.
- You can achieve a lot through collaboration.
- Pinterest is an amazing moodboarding tool.
- I need at least another year devoted to photography.
And my list for 2014
- More fashion shoots.
- More models.
- Find a way to incorporate my photography in my/a day job.
- Learn how to do food photography.
- Go on adventures with the camera.
- Get into the water with the camera.
- Learn how to do flash photography with multiple speedlights.
- Visit some new cities with my camera.
- Visit some new great landscapes with my camera.