Photography Friday, the Journey So Far…

It’s time for another Photography Friday!

Before I got into photography, the craft didn’t really hold much appeal to me. My experience with cameras has always been with the point and shoot variety, and I never really thought that I had the eye for it. I -erroneously- thought that photographers did nothing but take pictures.

Needless to say, I was wrong. Taking pictures is a part of the work, but there is so much more to it, especially when the camera gets switched to manual mode. At times shooting in manual can seem to be one part science and one part voodoo, but the creations that can be made can be incredible.

Like I say, though. Taking pictures is only one part of the craft. There is also finding the subject matter to shoot, be it taking family photos, landscapes, or wildlife. Then, even when the shooting is done, there is the post-processing, which is done in Adobe programs such as Lightroom or Photoshop.

When I’m shooting for the newspaper, each image must be formatted a particular way, and must have information accompanying it. It’s not just a matter of taking a picture and walking away.

I never thought that photography would be my thing, however with everything I have learned over the past couple of years, I can’t imagine a life where it isn’t a part.

It was circuitous route which got me, first falling back in love with the writing, before being introduced to the photography that went along with the job for the paper. Now, it’s hard pressed to say which I love more, the photography or the writing. They have become central to my mental health.

I’m glad I can share the journey.


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