After two days of this experiment, I’m already noticing some changes to my approach. Mainly, I’m shooting on manual far more often than I had been previously. I find that when I’m not focusing on the subject of the photograph, I am more free to focus on the process. When I can concentrate on the lighting, the timing, the aperture and many other aspects of the picture – rather than focusing more directly on the object of the picture, I have an opportunity to improve my craft. Having a good subject for a picture is only part of the process – the craft aspects are important too – and this has helped so far.
Note: Yes – the pictures are online. No, they aren’t in my Picasa photo albums.
Starting today, I’m planning a bit of an experiment. Since I haven’t made my photography a priority in recent years for a number of reasons, I’m trying something that’s eerily similar to NaNoWriMo — that is, I’m trying something that has a focus on quantity rather than quality. For the next 24 days, I’m planning to shoot and post at least 24 frames a day. They won’t be good pictures – that’s not the purpose of this exercise. Instead, it’s an exercise in mindfulness – to change the approach to this art from a position of scarcity to a position of abundance. What will be interesting is to see what the results are.
The pictures from Donna’s wedding are up on my photo page. Slideshow is below the fold.
Just got back from a trip to New England to visit relatives and friends. The first of my pictures are up, and more will follow soon rather than later.
I have photos from the wedding on CD, but haven’t put them up yet because they need to be sorted and post-processed first.