When I was taking photography lessons, our instructor would always stress the importance of going out to implement what we learned. A great way to enhance your photography skills and your creativity is to give yourself assignments – something to focus on. Sometimes you venture out without having any idea what you are going to shoot. However, it is better to decide before what your daily assignment would be. This way you will be more aware of what you are looking for and will be focus on that. Create a variety of themes by choosing a different assignment each time, for example, one day shoot ‘patterns’, another day ‘color’ etc.
Themes of the assignments can be:
- repeating patterns
- lines, shapes, colors
- moving objects
- rule of third
- depth of field
- angle and much more
These kind of assignments will help you boost your creativity, improve your composition and your photography skills.
When you go out for a project you need an assistant to carry your things, so it can be more comfortable for you and you can be focused on taking pictures. My main assistant is my lovely husband and I should admit that he is good at his job; well, most of the time. While I’m shooting, he carries the empty camera bag and my purse that’s filled with my personal belongings. So far so good.
However, he is always in the visual field and as a result he is in most of the photos. So I have to retake the same photo without him and sometimes it is time-consuming. At other times, he is not always around especially when I need him. For example, if I need something from the camera bag, lets say the soft cloth to clear the lens, he is far away. I don’t know how my assistant will cope, when I will acquire more gear, like tripod or different types of lenses! I am not complaining that much, am I? Ok, maybe just a little! There’s also a positive side to this. For example, he enjoys being in nature and he doesn’t complain when it takes me too long when shooting things and, plus, he keeps me company. I should also admit, that sometimes, when I think that the composition looks good, I include him in the picture on purpose. But that’s only a few times!
As photography is one my passions, buying a good dslr camera has made the bucket list. There was nothing wrong with my Nikon coolpix s2600, but I wanted to take it to the next level. I wanted to be more creative and it was about time. For the last year, I have been taking intensive online courses in order to get better and learn in depth the world of photography.
As of January 2015, I am using my new DSLR Nikon D3300 with nikkor 18-55mm kit lens and I am very satisfied. Most probably I will need more types of lenses and some additional gear. The good thing is that we are a ‘Nikon family’ – my father, my sister and I – we can borrow and use each other’s gear. At the end I will see what gear I will use or need the most and I will write it first thing in my bucket list!
No offence to other manufacturers; I’m pretty sure that their cameras are as good as the Nikon but as I said above – it’s a family thing!