So I’ve now had my shiny new Canon 400D SLR camera for a month or so. Time for an update on my quest to become a decent photographer.
I feel like I’m beginning to get to grips with the very basics. I can talk about things like aperture priority mode or ISO settings without sounding like a complete idiot. I can compose a shot and take it without taking forever to set the camera properly. And I’m even beginning to touch up my photos a little using Adobe Lightroom.
I’m reasonably happy with my outdoor photographs now. Not saying I’m an expert or anything, but I’m making progress. The CQN Golf Day ones came out particularly well. But my indoor ones are not so great. My white balance is still a bit off at times.
The next thing on my shopping list is a new lens or two. I was told that I would end up spending money on more than just a camera and that’s what’s happening already.
I want to start with a good fast lens to improve my gig photography. The basic kit lens that came with the camera struggles in low light and I want something better. So I’m scouring various sources for cheap kit and looking out for a good deal on a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens at the moment.
I’m always happy to get advice from the many good photographers I have amongst my friends. And several have already given me some very useful tips. I’ve also been reading a great deal, and finding out what a complicated business this photography lark can be.
For now, here are a few samples of my work. I’d hesitate to call it a “Best Of” collection; it’s simply some of my favourite shots from the few thousand I’ve taken so far.
Any comments are of course more than welcomed.
And I’ll continue practicing in the hope that I can improve my skills over time.