One of the things I’ve learned by being in business for myself… sometimes you have to go back to the basics. I do that often for my web development business, but when it comes to photography, I can’t remember the last time I’ve started from square one… unless you count me reading my manuals from front to back. But that’s not the “square 1″ I’m talking about.
Maybe it was when I got my last camera… over 5 years ago. It had been over 15 years since I picked up an SLR. A refresher was due.
Now that I have the D600, I’m more interested in the basics again.
A friend of mine sometimes works as a second shooter for a local wedding photographer. She also does post-processing for him as she has time… but only for him.
One of the reasons she gives for not doing post processing for others is this particular photographer is one of the most technically accurate photographers she has ever worked with. She says when you work with a “lazy” photographer (which, is kinda all of us who own dSLRs), she ends up doing a lot of touch up work. Digital has made it easy for us to just snap shots like crazy with no concern for aperture, ISO and composition.
While it’s nice to be carefree… those of you who shot film, like me, way back when remember it was important to shoot deliberately. It seems digital photography took much of that necessity away.
I won’t lie. I love digital. But she has a point.
Personally, I don’t want to do a lot of touch up work. I have a 2 year old, run a business and still play Domestic Goddess. The better I can shoot my photos straight out of the camera, the less time I’ll spend on my computer correcting them and the happier I will be.
That’s why I’m going back to the basics.
If you’d like to join me, the blog posts I’m reading are found at DigitalCamFan and are only on Week 2.
These photos are my Week 1 results:
I didn’t finish the series, but suffice to say, I got the point.
Seems I was distracted by a little girl belting out a tune.
What do you think… better technically correct or just easier to fix photos afterwards in Photoshop?