Now that I’ve had my new camera for a month, I’m slowly getting less worried about damaging it accidentally (it’s the most expensive piece of equipment I’ve ever owned!) and a little more bold about seeing what it can do. It’s been interesting!
As far as a photography knowledge-base: I’ve been trying to feel my way along using books…and otherwise just getting out and experimenting. Yesterday I was all about messing with aperture – an exercise which produced kids shots like these:
And landscapes like this one:
And the best geese shots I’ve ever taken!:
I was so nervous about investing my very meager funds in a camera – but I went ahead and did it because I felt I was a point where I couldn’t progress any further as a photographer without a machine that would allow me more artistic control (the ability to change the settings and to change lenses, etc.)
And this has turned out to be a very good decision for me. It’s been really fascinating, getting to know this camera! I love that I’ve just barely scratched the surface – of it and of what I can do with it, and of photography in general. I love that there’s still so much yet to learn!
I think sometimes you just have to dive in and do things – give yourself a chance to see what you’re capable of. I’m really glad I didn’t talk myself out of making that investment!