I'm feeling inspired and lost at the same time this week. Kelly's guest post on Friday hit on a sore spot for me (in a good way,Kelly). Style, style, style - what the heck is my style? As I said in my comments to her, my fatal flaw is that I'm too enthusiastic. Don't you all just feel that there is so much to learn in photography that you could spend years of your life and loads of your bank account and never learn it all? How does one decide what to focus on? (clever pun intended).
I attended the PDN (Photo District News) Photo Plus International Expo in NYC yesterday and wandering the exhibit floor, I was exposed to ideas and products I had never seen before. In the Julianna Kost seminar I took on Lightroom workflow, she taught us about several hidden buttons and techniques that in 3 years of using Lightroom, I never knew existed. Then she progressed to Photoshop - which literally could take you the rest of our life to learn! (and that isn't even taking into consideration all the other PS packets for the graphic arts, design, etc! )
Last November, I bought my full frame camera , and with it the guides, and the DVD. I worked on that for about a month to get started, but I haven't been able to find the time to finish the second part. I'm sure that, a year later, I am not yet using at least half of what my camera is capable of doing. Did I plunge too soon?
|Terry Hood learning from Nancy Ori|
Years ago I started attending workshops, beginning with one called " Color, Light and Composition" - and of course, as are all photographers, I am always working on those three basic skills.
I got to the point where I could make images I am happy with. But then printing was too much delayed satisfaction, and often produced results I wasn't expecting. So I bought a good printer, and had to take courses on printing methods, calibrating your colors, choosing from the myriad of papers out there, and their effects on your image, etc.
By that time, happily, I had started qualifying for shows. So - guess what? I either had to spend a ton of money having my images framed, or - yup - take courses on framing to create a piece of art that could be hung in a show to it's best advantage, and that someone could buy with the expectation that it would not wrinkle or fade over the years. And there are show deadlines! (Yikes!)
Then there's deciding on equipment. I need a flash unit now - there must have been 100 options on the exhibit floor yesterday - guess I don't know enough about what to choose yet to spend my precious moolah.
And then comes all of our precious sharing! I haven't played with high key lighting yet, Steph. Deanna - I want to explore those fonts, and I have so many favorite quotes to dig up in my reading. We're jumping into more extended Instagram use, and I want to do reflections like Leigh's carpool ones, and underwater shots like they showed us from Oasis Camp,and macros like Tracey Clark. There are many Klassen techniques and textures I haven't used yet, and I want to go jumping and animating around the city like Xanthe. Blogging is all new to me. I haven't used all the information from my black and white workshop last May. I'm in the city this weekend, so I want to try Michele's city photography suggestions. My daughter's roommate wants headshots ( I've never done portraits!), a friend is pan painting her images, there are light trailing methods and scanography and, as Yul Brynner once said "etcetera, etcetera, etcetera."
And - damn - there's work and children and parents and home owning and, by the way, I need to get out and - here's an idea - take a few pictures!
And here's the kicker......
I love every minute of it.
Please don't ever stop sharing because I never want to stop.
And your daily quote is from Michelangelo:
"I am still learning."