My Camera and I
Posted on February 15 2017
I wanted to share my relationship I have with the camera. Some may say I am a photographer, and many ask if I still shoot. So I figured I would just write a journal or diary entry of my relationship over the years with my camera.
I first sarted shooting, of course with the classic disposals. Love those days when you would have to to get them developed at a photo center. The suspense and mystery to see how they turned out. Throughout High School I brought one every week just for fun. All my classmates knew me to have as the girl with the camera. I got boxes full of amazing memories at home that will last a lifetime.
Moving onto digital was the way of the camera industry and my first digital camera was my spring flip phone, lol at that time I learned angles, how to capture a photo with composition and was able to make myself comfortable in front of the camera, then I decided to turn it up and got a digital camera. This opened my eyes to day to day photography and being behind the lens, exploring Photoshop and photo apps and even the occasional shoots. Carrying the little thing in my bag was so convenient, I was able to travel with it or just bring for a night out in the city . This first real digital camera was a Sony camera a basic point and shoot. Don't remember which model but it was entry level into photography, having my first real camera outside of a phone and into the digital age.
Then I decided to level up again. And got my first DLSR, the Nikon d300, continuous shooting almost six pictures per second, color control, and lack of blurriness. The downfall was this was so big, (they have scaled down in size since the first version of the camera) and I couldn’t fit in my everyday life, now the little side hobby of taking pictures of friends and moments became somewhat of a job/profession and I think slowly but surely it turned me off.
Photography to me was a passion and something I do good but for the love only. I began to feel discouraged the heavy thing around. I became interested in journalist photography capturing candid moments that told a story. It was my thing, I loved it. But with a DLSR that size, I hated the feeling of backing out this big old camera. To me photography is made to be discreet, the best photos is when the subject doesn't know there was a photo being taken, he or she doesn't even know the camera was in the room. Thats how I viewed photography, so for a little why I distanced myself.
Although I am on hiatus from picking up the professional camera again. I been back to my, day to day good old iPhone. I currently have the 7plus best camera on the market for long range and close up photos. Great features zooming in and out, mega pictures and aperture on both camera’s. I just recently tapped into the video world because of the amazing quality of the iphone. Apps have made the photo game amazing too. Some apps I found awesome VSCO, iMovie like camera plus pro, Pro Camera and Camera Genius.
Now I got my eye on a Sony a7 MK II. The photos come out amazing and it's a smaller camera that does what dlsr professional cameras does. Stunningly wide sensitivity range from IOS 50. Capture pull pixels, digital to video and full camera size with an additional attachments for a lens. It's the best both of worlds. My goal is to purchase this camera and I will get back to my passion to simply capture emotions and moments in my life. Telling a story through my lens.
I get a lot of questions on my instagram asking about why my photos are always so dope or friends asking me to take picture of them while we are out. So here some of my basic Tips when you are taking pictures.
(you can find this book in Urban Outfitters)
1. Eye level - if you are taking a portrait of a child get on the child level. If you stand up you would be looking down. That is can work for one point of view. But if you put yourself on the child level and squat taking the photo. You will get an angle that give you a natural vibe. A natural candid photo. the photo will almost feel like you are right there
2. Different angles but still staying in lines. Nowadays everyone is holding cameras at different angles literally where the photo is slanted. This doesn't work for every photo. If you are doing a portrait the camera is supposed to be held straight. Symmetry is the key. When they say get different angles keep the phone straight just move your position as a photographer don't move the camera. Here are there for the artistic point of view you can slant your camera but don't need over do it.
3. Lighting is your friend. It gives the vibes to the photo. Wither you want it to be a dark gloomy photo with silhouette’s or a sun glare on your face. Find your light.
4. Focus. Take your time, I know it seems you are in a moment and don't want to miss the photo but the worst thing is to rush and leave with a unclear photo. Use the auto-focus that is provided on your iPhone, be sure to tap the subject or where you would like to focus and don't snap until you're ready.
5. Editing. Filters have taken over the photo world. A filter can make a break your photo. It dresses it up. I love a classic vintage look. It all depends on what vibe you are trying to express. Touching photos up and brightening where it seems to be dark is just like when you need to accessories to style your outfit. It's the finishing touch! Always needed!
I still have my website for photography but I am working on relaunching it somehow. Still thinking about it. Stay Tuned