1.365 Happy New Year! Another Round Of Daily Photos.

1.365 Happy New Year!!Sunday January 1 2012.

Happy New Year everyone! The last few months of 2011 saw very little in the way of photography for me. Huge loss of focus. This year I plan to push through it and get at least one descent photograph a day.

This calendar is older than me. It was my Grandmothers. When she died last year, it made it’s way to me. I miss her a lot.

This years focus is going to be on composition. I feel I have a pretty good handle on the technical side of photography. Exposure and focus are coming easier for me now but the creative side is giving me some problems. I tend to be more of a technical person than creative but at least I am willing to practice and learn.

Books, books and more books with a lot of practice will be on the agenda this year. I hope there is a noticeable improvement.

Chris.

1.365 Happy New Year! Another Round Of Daily Photos.

1.365 Happy New Year!!Sunday January 1 2012.

Happy New Year everyone! The last few months of 2011 saw very little in the way of photography for me. Huge loss of focus. This year I plan to push through it and get at least one descent photograph a day.

This calendar is older than me. It was my Grandmothers. When she died last year, it made it’s way to me. I miss her a lot.

This years focus is going to be on composition. I feel I have a pretty good handle on the technical side of photography. Exposure and focus are coming easier for me now but the creative side is giving me some problems. I tend to be more of a technical person than creative but at least I am willing to practice and learn.

Books, books and more books with a lot of practice will be on the agenda this year. I hope there is a noticeable improvement.

Chris.

Should You Purchase That Gear Or Travel To That Place?

I’ve been thinking about gear and travel lately and exactly what I need/want.

There is a pile of gear that I want…..really want. Like the new Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. Oh man, would I like that. But it’s expensive. The last price I saw here in Edmonton was $2600.00CA. That would pay for my family’s return flight to California! Add to that the price of the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS at $1500.00CA and that pays for our hotel rooms. And the Canon 1D Mark IV at $5100.00CA, well that purchase alone would pay for the whole trip.

What is more important a couple of lenses that will still be available when my kids are older, or that family vacation while the kids still want to do those kinds of things? Sorry gear heads, I must go with the family vacation. The gear I have is more than enough. A Canon 50D, the Nifty Fifty and a Tamron 18-270mm are perfect for any photography I plan to do for the near future. My kids will only be kids for a short time.

It’s funny, I’ve been thinking about this the last few days and today I read a post from the Digital Photography School about this very thing. It’s entitled Buy Less Gear: Travel and Experience More. Funny how karma works isn’t it. Photography isn’t about gear it’s about vision. Sure the gear is part of it but seeing the light and visualizing the photograph you want to make is much more important that the gear. Knowing your existing gear inside and out and knowing the basic techniques of photography will go a lot farther by far than any new camera body and lenses will ever take you.

Sorry Canon, I won’t be getting those 2 lenses or the 1D Mark IV just yet but one day I just may. Of course if you would like to donate them too me I would do my best to use them to their full potential. 🙂

Chris.

Should You Purchase That Gear Or Travel To That Place?

I’ve been thinking about gear and travel lately and exactly what I need/want.

There is a pile of gear that I want…..really want. Like the new Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. Oh man, would I like that. But it’s expensive. The last price I saw here in Edmonton was $2600.00CA. That would pay for my family’s return flight to California! Add to that the price of the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS at $1500.00CA and that pays for our hotel rooms. And the Canon 1D Mark IV at $5100.00CA, well that purchase alone would pay for the whole trip.

What is more important a couple of lenses that will still be available when my kids are older, or that family vacation while the kids still want to do those kinds of things? Sorry gear heads, I must go with the family vacation. The gear I have is more than enough. A Canon 50D, the Nifty Fifty and a Tamron 18-270mm are perfect for any photography I plan to do for the near future. My kids will only be kids for a short time.

It’s funny, I’ve been thinking about this the last few days and today I read a post from the Digital Photography School about this very thing. It’s entitled Buy Less Gear: Travel and Experience More. Funny how karma works isn’t it. Photography isn’t about gear it’s about vision. Sure the gear is part of it but seeing the light and visualizing the photograph you want to make is much more important that the gear. Knowing your existing gear inside and out and knowing the basic techniques of photography will go a lot farther by far than any new camera body and lenses will ever take you.

Sorry Canon, I won’t be getting those 2 lenses or the 1D Mark IV just yet but one day I just may. Of course if you would like to donate them too me I would do my best to use them to their full potential. 🙂

Chris.

My Photographic Goals For 2009

I’ve been giving this some thought over the last week. What do I want to accomplish with my photography in 2009? I’m sure I don’t have my list complete but I’m going to list off some of the things I want to do this year.

In no particular order here they are.

1) Finish my NYIP Professional Photography Course.
This one should be easy enough. I’m half way now and just about to finish the 4th unit.

2) Shoot at least 1 wedding.
I’m booked for September 19 2009. That should take care of itself.

3) Start my portrait business.
And with that, create my website for my portfolio.

4) Have at least 1 photo published in a print publication.
Even the local community newspaper would be nice.

5) Organize an Edmonton photo walk.
Not just go on one but get a group of people to come on one of my routes.

6) Photograph an event in Edmonton.
One of the local track meets, festivals or something along those lines.

7) Read more photography books.
Then read more.

8) Promote myself better.
Business cards, a portfolio, etc.

9) Be more confident in my skills.
Without being arrogant. A quiet confidence if you will.

10) Learn to accept that I’m not perfect and I will make bad photos.
This will be the hardest one.

Chris.