I’m taking the camera more places which is good. Its not a habit though which I would want it to be. I took it to work yesterday and ended up at a 7/11 store and took this. I wanted to try making basic changes to the black and white so darkened it a bit and applied “pop”.
Shooting in black and white creates a completely different reality but applying a few basic post processes brings out more of the photograph which I did not capture in my enthusiasm and complete newbieness.
I also went to a park earlier today to play around with Aperture Priority shooting on the X30. It gives more control over the camera but still the camera sets the ISO and shutter speed so not all the values are up to me.
I need to learn more technique and ability with the aperture. Its one of the triangle of photo shooting. If you are just learning (like me), a few resources come in handy that are not slanted toward any camera in general but more about technology and approach. Easy to find with a google search!
Shooting with a camera is so different. The X30 has different film simulation modes which are fun to play with and explore. The above picture was taken with the Velvia mode. Each one offers some unique combination and a new playground for things to experiment with.
I also went prowling through our backyard and its amazing what I could find to take a picture of if I would remember the camera.
Its truly unlimited out there and I’m glad I bought the camera. I cannot imagine now going back to my smartphone camera no matter how well its rated. Learning photography is not just about taking pictures in some auto mode and letting the camera adjust. Its finding the different modes and learning each one.
I am hoping that by the time I travel to Vancouver and do all the different kinds of photography I am learning now, I’ll be better and more able to judge what I should set the camera to. The real benefit is learning something new. The camera worth has far exceeded what I paid for it already.