You can learn more about my personal history with photography on the About Me page, but suffice it to say, I am strictly an amateur who is learning to use the camera in order to truly see the world. I am also an avid writer who thinks in words rather than images. It is my hope to marry these two interests on this blog by sharing my photographs and the stories behind them.
In addition, I have a dream of writing an ebook: Finding Joy in the Moment: Spiritual Lessons Learned through Photography. I have pondered this subject for several months and hope to use this blog as a place where I can share these insights. I am by no means a theologian nor a professional, but I have always been a proponent of life-long learning, and photography has become the perfect vehicle to explore these philosophical issues.
So I thought it might be fitting, in this first post, to preview the “working copy” of the Table of Contents. I envision the book divided into four main sections: the Photographer, the Equipment, the Story, and Post-Processing. Some posts may include a brief Biblical application, others will be nothing more than my own personal opinion.
- Just start
- Don’t wait for the “exotic” location
- Be yourself – stop the comparison to others
- S-L-O-W down
- the Gear Trap
- Easy to do… Lifetime to learn
- Get off “automatic”
- “Spray and Pray” vs Intentional
- Focal Length (macro vs micro)
- Shutter Speed (stop action vs intention blur)
- Aperture (bokeh vs sharp focus)
- White Balance (the color of light)
- Stop and ask… “What captured my attention?”
- Light vs Dark
- Perspective (how will I tell the story?)
- Work the Scene (is there a hidden truth?)
- Rule of Thirds (learn the rules before you break them)
- What you “see” vs What you “feel”
- Human eye vs Camera eye
- Framing – the story within the story
- Watch the four corners (what is sneaking in that you do not want)
- What you choose NOT to include is as important as what you DO include
- A Picture is worth 1,000 words — but what about the rest of the story?
- Revising the Imperfections
- Exact image vs artistic interpretation (“see” vs “feel”)
- Crop and Straighten
- Clone and Heal
- Highlights and Shadows
- Contrast and Sharpness (and noise reduction)
- Colors vs Monochrome (hues – saturation)
- Epilogue: share with others
It is my hope that the insights I share might inspire someone to pick up a camera, go for a walk, and discover the beauty, joy and peace that is right outside the back door.