What I've learned thus far:
- Don't compare your photos to those of other photographers. (This doesn't mean that I don't - it means I've learned that I shouldn't.)
- Be original and have your own style, which will come out on its own. Don't rush it.
- You are smarter than your camera.
- If you want to learn to shoot in manual, shoot in manual. It may be frustrating at first but it's the only way to learn.
- Don't follow trends. What are trends? Here are some examples:
- Shooting on a tilt
- Blowing out whites on black & white conversions
- Sharpening and over-editing eyes
- Adding too much contrast (this is a new one I've recently noticed)
- Get it right in the camera. You shouldn't rely on editing software.
- It's okay to take less than perfect photos. It happens to everyone.
I'm still mentally struggling with how to progress in my journey. This is due in part to the weather, I think. It's hard to find inspiration when you're stuck inside most of the time with weak winter light.We had another storm roll through here last night. I debated over taking my camera to work with me, thinking that some snowy city scenes would provide some inspiration. My thought process of late is that I need to stretch away from my standard repertoire. In the end, I decided not to take it, for a variety of reasons. I'm glad I made that decision because it doesn't even look like it snowed in Boston. I was expecting messy snowbanks when I stepped out of South Station this morning. Not so much.
Maybe I need to learn that progress is progress no matter how slow it may seem.