Friday, April 22, 2011

Camera Shy

 For someone who has gotten nicely situated with a new camera body, "upgraded" lenses, and a super cute bag there's a pretty obvious absence of great photos on this blog. Not only do have what should be considered "the stuff", but I've actually got a decent understanding of the more academic side of photography, too.

Here's the thing though, it's both an art and a science. I've got the science. I trust my ability to understand lighting, aperture, shutter speed, composition and the other ins-and-outs of how to take a picture and when. In that way, I'm a good student. I've learned some solid, basic skills that should deliver me some consistent results. But I get hung up on the art. I consider myself a creative person but don't fully trust myself. As a result, I carry my camera around but it pretty often stays in its bag. Not really the point, right?

You know that kid who is a little late to potty training, but all of a sudden they're totally trained and never have an accident? That's me with photography. I'm afraid to try it until I'm sure I can get it right. I'm quietly observing, taking mental notes, but not fully confident in pulling out my camera even when the moment strikes me. I get camera shy. 

Then last Sunday, I asked my friend Allie if she'd let me "play" while we waited to be seated for brunch.

So, my friends, if you've gotten this far we've both survived my first post including photos where I was actually "trying". Phew!

Do you have something you wish you were more confident about?


  1. Those photos look great! I'm still trying to learn more about photography too, but I don't have the science part down at all. I am (very slowly) learning more about it, but I think I'm scared that I'll learn how to do it all and still suck at it!

  2. Amanda, these are SO great!! There are a lot of things I'm not confident about, but you clearly have the skill, so I hope you'll consider pulling your camera out since your lugging it around anyway. :)

  3. I think the photos look great! I'm a perfectionist, too, so if I can't do something the *right* way, then i won't do it at all. :) I know the feeling. Great job!

  4. Really beautiful photos!! I admire that you're really jumping into it--looks like all of that research really paid off, but the composition of the photos is stunning!

  5. I know what you mean about being camera/photo shy! I am the same way, but it's because I am way too overly critical and often compare my photos to pro photos....pros that use 1k+$ lenses and that have full frame censors. I know I still have a lot to learn, but def need to move to the next step in upgrading my equipment. I'm currently testing out a tamron28-75mm f2.8 and thinking of getting it as a semi-decent walking around kit lens pretty much sucks! It was funny though because the Mr tested it out first and was all bummed not understanding the difference between it and the 50mm 1.4 that we have. I tried to explain to him that he just didn't know what he was doing and that THERE WAS a difference. I only took a few shots with it so far and am eager to get more in! Still day dreaming about the 7D and wishfully hoping for a 5D though. Sigh*