I’m a photography newbie! I’ve been at it for about 4 months and prior to that I had no experience. I have been saying for years that I wanted to give photography a try because I thought it was something I may enjoy. My husband unexpectedly bought me a DSLR camera (Canon Rebel t3i) for my birthday. I was super excited but also a little overwhelmed (how do I use this thing?!). The first 50 or so photos I took were only okay. At first I wasn’t sure what to take pictures of or even what to look for. The more I get out there and take pictures, the easier it’s becoming to spot good or unique shots and I’m finding that I absolutely love photography. Even if I’m no good. Even if no one ever looks at my shots. I love it anyway.
I’ve also realized that taking the picture is only the first step to a great photo. Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” I can’t agree with this more. I took several pictures on Friday and some that I thought weren’t going to work ended up looking pretty good after I did some cropping and editing. Take the below picture for example.
I did not think I was going to get anything out of this picture so I’m happy I was able to make it work with some cropping and by adding a gradient map.
I’m excited to get back out there, practice more, and learn as much as I can!