I have to admit-I am not very skilled at photography! I don’t have much photography experience, not even an elective class in middle or high school. Back in late elementary school into early middle school, I used this little red Canon digital camera to take photos and videos. I really enjoyed using it too! However, it was more of a point-and-shoot situation. I didn’t adjust any settings or really plan out any shots. Once I got my iphone 5s in 9th grade, I stopped using that camera, though I still have it at my house somewhere. Every since then I’ve used my iphone to take pictures. (Same iphone too-I haven’t broken or replaced this one yet-knock on wood!). With my iphone, I tend to just take pictures when I’m traveling or pictures of my pets. I’m not a huge picture-taker. It’s more of a spur-of-the-moment, I-want-to-remember-this-moment-or-place thing for me than a purposeful, serious narrative activity. I don’t try and capture any feeling or meaning in my photos, although because they are my photos of my loved ones and trips I’ve gone on they make me, and probably me alone, feel particular emotions and have meaning to me. I do tap on the screen of my phone to adjust the lighting a bit and get a easier-to-see or more aesthetically-pleasing picture. However, I rarely using the pre-made filters on my phone.
When it comes to the photos after being taken, I also rarely do anything. I have never used Photoshop or any one photo-editing program. Before this class, I never used Instagram, so it’s not like I ever uploaded and filtered photos or edited them in any way. I also don’t use Snapchat, so I don’t even have that slight editing experience! My photos just stay on my phone or camera for me to look at.
After reviewing the resources provided by the weekly assignment post, I think the biggest tactic that will have my photo-taking efforts will be actually planning the photos, or at least some of them. Currently, I don’t plan any of them. I don’t do any of the suggestions given here. In the planning, I would be thinking about the exposure, depth, perspective, etc. It will create more interesting, less family-vacation, amateur style pictures (which are good in their own right, in my opinion!). Although, sometimes spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment photos can be just as powerful, so not everything has to be planned, but the skills learned from planned photography, even subconsciously, will help when taking unplanned photography. Planning will also help the photos to capture a feeling or meaning that others can also experience, not just myself, especially if I create narratives, as mentioned here. Creating narratives is definitely planned photography, especially considering context is important. Although sometimes the picture is spontaneous or unplanned, the creation of the narrative is never. I’ve never created a narrative using pictures, so that will be a new experience for me too.
All-in-all, I am a photography noob. I think actually planning my photos, and also creating narratives with the, will help to advance my skill. It won’t turn out the best in the beginning, but hopefully by the end of the semester, I will be turning out more impactful, interesting photos and narratives that others beside myself can appreciate.
My featured image is from here: