I was on FB reading posts and looking at pictures when a friend of mine said, “Watch out. Storm is coming. We’re all going to get wet! Sure enough, I pulled the curtain back and looked outside and the sky had turned dark grey and it looked a bit eerie outside. My six month old grandson was asleep in his pack-n-play so I grabbed my camera and walked outside onto the front porch. The wind gushed at me. I took a short video, then began taking pictures… I wanted to capture it while I could. I don’t have any kind of protective gear for my camera yet so I had to boogy to catch the pictures before the rain hit–I managed to get on picture once the rain came. Hope you enjoy.
Monthly Archives: January 2013
I remember my first camera. It was by Kodak and it was called the “Handle.” I took pictures that Christmas, and for the whole year, of everything and everyone. But the film got to be expensive. It was an instant camera. I loved taking pictures though. Then later on I got a Polariod, and then a Kodak that used film. By the time I was in high school I was using my dad’s Yashica (yes, the one I have the picture of on the Header of this blog).
Camera’s have changed and improved over the years, and I am no where near a virtuoso of camera’s. I don’t really have a favorite brand, but eventually I am sure I will. As I type this my dad’s camera is sitting on my desk–I keep it there for inspiration and in case I want to take a picture of something and I don’t want to use my Canon PowerShot SX150IS. In the next 6 months or so I’ll be getting and SLR and I’m excited about it, but I’m not ready yet to decide which one I want. I’ve already received numerous suggestions though.
Taking pictures is something I love to do. As much as I love to read and/or write. To me it’s all part of the creative energy that resides within me. It’s part of me, part of who I am. When I’m behind the camera I see the world and I want to show it to others…I don’t really enjoy being in front of the camera though.
Yesterday my daughter asked me what kind of photography I wanted to specialize in. She said, I know you’ll take pictures of weddings, newborns, landscape…But what do you really want to do? I enjoy taking candid pictures more than posed pictures. I’d like to eventually take pictures of events and maybe freelance for the local newspaper. Take pictures of bands that perform, events like the Iris Festival, Sumter at Six, etc. I’d also like to take pictures at weddings, but that’s because I love weddings. I’d also like to take landscape pictures, as well as random candid pictures of people.
Behind the lens of a camera I am able to see the world from a different perspective and I love it. I see the smaller details, the little things that we sometimes tend to take for granted. And I want to share those little things with others, as well as preserve them for myself.
My husband, whom I affectionately refer to as Mr. Rockstar because he’s the lead singer and one of the guitar players of a local rock band), knew I was majorly stressed out (he has been too), and since we were picking up his daughter this afternoon he decided a trip to one of the local parks was in order. It would get us outside in the fresh air, it’s free, and it’s gorgeous–therefore, put us both in a much better mood, and I could bring my camera and take pictures. YAY!!!
So off we went to Poinsett Park. It later in the afternoon so it wasn’t quite as hot. And here are some of the pictures:
Nope, I don’t have Photoshop, or any other photo editing software. It’s just the basics for me, right now anyway. What you see is the picture I took. Now don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have some type of photo editing software, but at the moment spending money on that would take away from the money I’m going to be spending on photography classes, and I’d rather learn some more (about everything) before I jump into purchasing something as expensive as Photoshop. As far as I’m concerned, I need to learn to take great pictures and then I can learn the other stuff and acquire the more expensive stuff.
Besides, I would really like to get a better computer, and I’m thinking about switching to Apple products and getting a MacPro or an iMac, (would love to be able to get both), and I’m going to need an external HD, and the editing software for Mac, as well as MS Office for Mac, and a new printer, AND I’m going to need to get new camera (the professional one). The list goes on, but suffice to say, I know I’d rather wait until I know more about what I’m doing and what I like and what works best for me.
Now, I’m off to grab some coffee and take some pictures. I took this one earlier today after I took the dining room pictures off the wall and hung my “stuff” up above my desk. Our dining room has been converted into “my area.”
When I first began thinking about being a photographer, actually a photojournalist, I was in elementary school–I got my first camera of my very own. Then in high school I began using my dad’s Yashica TL Electro X to take pictures for the school newspaper. I loved it. I also loved writing the articles. We had to take our own pictures for the articles we wrote. My goal in life was to become a journalist. However, the real world intruded and I ended up going to work after high school. My dreams were deferred, and a car payment ensued, then rent, utilities, and the real world. I took pictures at family events, then later took pictures of my children, all the while forgetting about, or not letting myself think about my prior dream of being a photographer, or a writer, or both.
This past year and a half, however, I’ve been reminded of my dreams, and I’ve been encouraged to pursue them. My husband takes my creative talents seriously, and is supportive. So supportive, in fact, that come February or March I’ll be attending New York Institute of Photography (online). We don’t have the money for me to go to NY, though I wish we did. Until then, I’m studying on my own. While shopping at one of Books-a-Million‘s discounted book sections I purchased “The Illustrated Practical Guide to Digital and Classical Photography: the Expert’s Manual on Taking Great Photographs,” by Steven Luck and John Freeman. I had bought myself a brand new Kodak Easyshare camera and at the time I knew next to nothing about digital cameras. I’d always owned Polariod’s Instamatic cameras, Canon or Kodak 35 mm cameras, or used my dad’s Yashica. I wanted to learn about digital photography.
Well real life intervened, once again, and though I was taking pictures all the time when I went out with friends, or at family events, etc, I only skimmed through the information in the book. But the more I took pictures the more I felt the urge to take pictures of everything. More and more moments became “Kodak Moments” for me, and when I didn’t have my camera I felt naked. Truthfully, subconsciously my dream was there bubbling below the surface, but I didn’t have the confidence to even think about the dream being viable.
One night I was out with friends this guy they knew had an acoustic show at one of the bars we frequented. (Mind you, my children are grown by now, and I’m single, so hanging out with my friends listening to great music, and being able to take pictures meant I was in heaven.) While sitting at a table with my friends, listening to Pokey play his guitar and sing, I see this guy walk in. He greets Pokey’s wife, and my friend A___ with a big smile, hugs are passed around, and he sits down. I ask A___ who he is and she tells me. Well, I take a picture. The guy doesn’t stay long because he has to get up really early the next morning for work, and we’re never actually introduced, but his personality made an impression.
A few weeks later I run into the guy again, I’m out with friends, and he’s out with friends, though we do have mutual friends. We’re still not introduced. Then a few weeks later I’m invited by my friends to attend an acoustic show that that guy is having–you know, the one I asked about with the great personality. So I go, camera in hand. By now, I’ve become the bar’s official non-official photographer. I am finally introduced to that guy, and well, needless to say we’re married now. He calls the picture I took of him that first night that we didn’t meet but I asked about him, and he definitely noticed me, my stalker picture. Jokingly, he called me his stalker, but his real nickname for me is “paparazzi.” I’m always taking pictures.
This past July he bought me a new camera (my trusty Kodak Easyshare one broke) and he got me a Canon PowersShot SX150 IS. I love my camera, and it’s the first of many we’ll be buying. This birthday he wants to get me a Canon Rebel or Nikon‘s equivalent. He likes Nikon, I like both, so I guess as I get more and more into this I’ll figure out which one I like better. Now he’s supporting me in the pursuit of my dream. So much so, that if things go well, and they will because I am determined that my dream no longer be deferred, we’ll be investing in my future career as a photographer at tax time and I’ll be going to school for photography. Though it is a certificate program, and not a degree program, I am super excited about it. Once I’m done with that I’ll be going back to the local community college here to get an associate’s degree in business–I’m taking opening my own photography studio extremely seriously.
As an avid researcher, I’ve read enough about the photography business to know that without knowledge about the business aspect of it my photography dreams will go down the drain no matter how great a photographer I am, unless I want to work for someone else (NOT).
The picture I’ve inserted is one I took with my old Kodak, just after I bought the book. It’s a bit out of focus, and it’s not the best picture, but I liked how it turned out. It gave me the confidence to skim through the book for tips to improve my photography, and then I began taking pictures everywhere I went (thus, the “stalker” photo).
So I’ve inherited my dad’s Yashica TL Electro X camera and I absolutely love it. It is the camera I took pictures of football, basketball, and soccer games with, as well as other pictures for my high school newspaper way back in the early 80’s. My mom bought it for my dad around 1976-7, so it’s an antique now, lol! But they say that some of the best cameras are the older ones. Only problem is I need a lens for it, as well as a new leather camera case/strap thing. I’ve researched some Yashica stuff and the only place I’ve really found much is on Ebay. I’m hoping someone reading this might have some suggestions. Later on this morning I’m going to take pictures so I can use up the rest of the film in it so I can have it developed. I would really like to have a better lens for when I start classes in February or March.
Now I’m off to drink some more coffee, check my email, and hopefully take some fun pictures with my dad’s Yashica and my CanonPowerShot SX150 IS. Not sure yet of whether I’m a bigger fan of Canon or Nikon, my aunt has a Nikon that I absolutely love. I’m doing a lot more research before I buy my main camera.
I took pictures for my high school newspaper, as well as wrote stories, and I was seriously considering a degree in journalism, and had I known then what I know now I would have jumped on the opportunities that were out there and by now I’d (hopefully) be a successful photojournalist…BUT back then I did not know then what I know now, and I cannot change that. What I can do, however, is make my dreams come true.
Photography classes + photography = Happy Person who will be a photographer…
I thought I’d start by adding a picture of myself that I took a couple of years ago…
- I’m writing, he’s sleeping, and I should be sleeping too (thelissachronicles.wordpress.com)