I think I have always been pretty fond of photography. I like taking pictures, as well as having pictures taken of me. I am not a professional photographer by any means, but I love to go out and do photo shoots with my friends. Mostly when taking pictures I just use my iPhone, but sometimes my mom will let me borrow her really nice Canon camera. I take pictures mostly of my pig, the sky when it is really pretty, funny or odd things I see, things that remind me of someone, and of course, the occasional selfie. I don’t really always have a specific approach to taking pictures but sometimes I do. When I take pictures of the sky, I know that tapping to focus on the light part will bring out the colors of the image. When I take pictures of people, I make sure the sun is not directly on their face and that the wind is blowing in the right direction. I am pretty good at making poses for people and finding good spots for people to take pictures. Honestly, when I take pictures I do not take them to create any meaning. Pretty much everything I take a picture of is straight forward and there isn’t much of a back story. I have been wanting a Polaroid camera for a while now and I got one for Christmas and I really enjoy using it. I love the feel the pictures have and how “vintage” they seem. I do edit pictures and toggle with the lighting and different aspects such as contrast, saturation, and exposure to make the picture the best color possible, but nothing too fancy.
After looking over the Becoming a Better Photographer page, it really has inspired me to take my time when taking pictures and focusing on things. It shows that photography is not only about looking through a lens, but being aware of your surroundings also to get the shot you want. I don’t really get creative when it comes to positioning, but after reading this, it definitely makes me want to try out new things.
In the Photography Narrative article, it has inspired me to think more deeply not only about other photos, but mine as well. I don’t normally take pictures that tell a story but now I really want to take pictures that actually mean something to other people. It shows how cool photography is, because everyone’s interpretation is different. I like how the article lists out things you need in a picture to tell a story, I find it very helpful and I can’t wait to use it.
Overall, I think these articles have inspired me to be more creative when I take pictures and to take a picture to tell a story rather than just taking a random picture.