There's always more to learn
What I love about this journey into photography is I'm constantly finding more to learn. It's an active, vibrant industry filled with creativity, technology and new ways to see and explore our world. I've decided to start a blog series in which I share more of what I've learned as a photographer and how I've developed my unique eye for taking photos. I hope the readers of this blog will take something away that's positive and informative on their own journeys into photography and perhaps, life.
I finally took the leap from admiring photos and the photographers who produced them to believing that I could create beautiful photos as well. My studies took me through the history of photography, the iconic photographers through time, and the mechanics of taking a photograph. Photography fits well with my style of learning, which is basically watching then doing. I enjoyed learning about aperture and how it affects bokeh, or the blurred background you see photos, especially outdoor portraits. The camera I had at the time didn't allow me to adjust the aperture, so I learned about compressing the image. That meant zooming in on the subject, which naturally blurred everything else out. I was on my way, excited at the thought of learning each new skill and going out practicing and seeing the results with my own eyes...
In this photo, I used the method of zooming in all the way and focusing on the subject, which was a hummingbird coming by for a drink.
In this photo, I stayed focused on the subject, while keeping the aperture as low as I could with the lens I was using, a Tamron 18-270mm 3.5-6.3 lens. The squirrel is nice and sharp, but unlike the photo above, you can make more sense of the background.
It all depends on how you want your photo to look. The main thing is to go out and take photos! Whatever camera you're using, it's all about practicing by keeping your aperture (f/stop number) low and focusing on your subject. Or if you have the room, zoom in on your subject, step back and watch how the background changes.