The Learning Curve

Along with writing I love photography. I love getting out there and taking pictures, yet like everything else it comes with challenges. My biggest challenge is my impatience. Often it can be a positive thing, pushing me forwards to reaching my goals. Yet there are other times it send me spiraling off faster than I should. My impatience causes me to cut corners, and it hurts me in the long run.

I love my Nikon D7100, but my biggest challenge had been slowing down to learn. I got it in November and have taken it out a few times. The pictures have been ok, but nothing close to the quality that I want. Every time I have gone out, I have found great scenes and photographed them. Yet when I view the pictures I have been disappointed .Setting would be too dark, or objects would be blurry. I realized that It was going to take more effort.

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Photo By Colleen Ann

I wanted to believe I could simply land on my feet and learn. Yet in rushing the process I have not found success. It will take time to get better. I need to take the time to learn the system, to study to ensure I know the settings. I could use the auto settings, yet I got the big camera because I wanted a challenge.

I am a hands on learner. Most of the things that I have learned with photography happen while I’m out experimenting with my point and shoot. Yet DSLR are more complex, and you need to learn how to use it. The picture will not automatically be better with a DSLR. You have to study and learn the camera to become good.

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Photo By Colleen Ann

Everyday I’m putting time aside to learn. I hated it at first, but I have learned to love it. I love discovering new settings, and slowly becoming more knowledgeable about it. Our days are slowly getting longer. Once we have longer nights I can go out after work and take more photo.

Its been a good life lesson. Sometimes I have to put aside my impatience, even though it may be difficult. cuddling away with the users manual, and looking terms up. Then I take my knowledge and get some hands on experience. Its all inside, taking pictures of nothing serious. I take pictures or vases or other things. I figure if I get good at photographing the vases, I will be that much better off when I eventually go to grand landscapes. I’m learning all that stuff I pushed off with the point and shoot. many people have big DSLR but they can’t take perfect pictures. I don’t want to be a casual photographer. I want to take my natural gift and use it to take incredible pictures.

2 thoughts on “The Learning Curve

  1. I absolutely understand your struggles with patience with photography. I am not someone who likes to wait; and for me, improving as a photographer has been a real struggle. This is especially true with photographs taken in different kinds of light. I am hoping Spring brings new opportunities in our home state – time for some green!

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