I have just taken day 31 of my 365 project and I am feeling rather proud of myself. Not only because I have actually stuck with it for a full month but because I am really, really enjoying doing it too. I have had so much fun taking some of the pictures and I can’t wait to learn more and really try start to show off what I can do.
In January I wanted to concentrate on discovering how the camera works. Paul has sat with me loads explaining more about ISO, aperture, Lightroom, lenses and general photography. It has been so mind boggling at times. I have started to understand a little more about what I need to do to get that perfect picture.
I have been quite lucky that this month both Paul and I have had 2 weeks off work to be able to really get stuck into trying to make our business work. It’s been a really hard 2 weeks but I feel that we have achieved so much. We have lots of ideas to work on and have started the marketing side of the business. All in all it’s been a fantastic start to 2011.
I have stumbled across so many lovely people through photography. I have not met hardly any of them yet I still feel like I know them so well. The internet is a fantastic tool. Twitter, Facebook and Flickr have become the places that both Paul and I are finding the most amazing people and have organised to meet up with a few of them in the future.
There are three young ladies that I have been following and messaging through Facebook, Twitter and Flickr called Alex Beadon, Fanni Williams and Saadia Mechel. All 3 of them are doing the 365 project and their work is awesome and so very different. My work is no where near to their standard but following them on their journey only makes me more determined to be as good and try to be a little more imaginative with what my subject is.
In February I would like to continue with learning about how the camera works and try to master Photoshop and Lightroom a little more. I don’t want to try and set myself a crazy target for the month as I am only a beginner.
Over the years Paul has collected 100’s of photography magazines and CD tutorials. My aim this month is to try and watch at least 2 a week. I want to try and learn how to use layers and masks and maybe experiment a little more with light. At the end of February I want to be able to feel at total comfort using the camera so I can then try to start working with the magic of Photoshop and Lightroom.
The thing that has amazed me most is that I have taken over 800 hundred shots this month! I don’t think I took that many for the whole of last year. I probably took that many on the point and shoot but not the SLR.
We have a very busy month in February with photography which is going to be so much fun but at the same time very challenging.
I also have a couple of projects in mind which I am going to try and complete in March and one in May. The one in May that I have in mind is going to take a lot of time and organisation but will be awesome if it comes together (fingers and toes crossed!).
So that’s my January 31/365 complete. Roll on February!!!
Yesterday Kelly was discussing with me over a cuppa that she wanted to go with a movement theme for her 365 project for the day, She wanted to do a self portrait but wasn’t sure on the location to go with.
So, I suggested we go to a local dual carriageway underpass that we regularly use to walk up into our town, I have a bit of an infatuation with the place as I can see myself using it in the future for various projects, it’s urban feel really gets me excited, either to use as a contrasting backdrop or to aid me with a theme a client might want to go with.
But rather than head to the location with a client and not get the images I am looking for I thought we could try it out together and see it’s usability.
Off we went with the camera and tripod in hand, if I am with Kelly and she’s doing a self portrait I always take a few shots first just to help her out and save her time, that way she can chimp at the screen and get her composition how she wants it.
The original plan was to get Kel blowing some love heart shaped petals with an urban backdrop but we got ourselves carried away with trying various compositions. From all those different compositions I was so pleased with how they were looking, we had great light in some areas and harsh light in other areas so I could mix the style up a bit.
In the meantime Kel decided to change her thinking and go with a movement shot of me instead so that made my images redundant, I couldn’t just waste such fantastic images so I had to blog them for you to see what we were up to.
In these images I seemed to really love Black and White but there are a couple of colour ones in there too that I adored.
And don’t you just think Kel is a great model for me? She isn’t even wearing any Make-up either as she wanted her Self Portrait to be totally natural looking, Great stuff Hun.
Then later in the day we were on our way out to a client in the car as the sun was setting, The sky just turned an amazing Red and Purple colour, We were already running late but I couldn’t miss taking a few shots, In the distance I could see St John’s Church at Ingrow so over we pulled in the car right next to an artic trailer and out came the camera and the tripod again. First off I went for a middle of the road aperture but found the shutter speed to be still quite fast for the time it was and it was freezing the car headlights which looked a bit naff, So I upped to f22 but the the meter was centering out at 0.5 second shutter speed, so I fitted the polarising filter and that let me get a 3.5 second shutter speed. Just great to get the light trail from a passing car. Between my first shot and this one the street lights went on too which added a little something to the image I think.
The image only received a touch more contrast and shartpening in post processing but no colour saturation increases at all.
I think moments like that make life so memorable and worthwhile.
Over the past 6 months I have obviously been following Paul’s work closely, helping and assisting as much as I can and I have enjoyed every minute. Along with following Paul’s photography I have also been viewing other photography for Paul and I to draw inspiration from. During my searches I found Rosie Hardy, some of her most well known work is from her 365 project. One word for her 365 project is BREATHTAKING. For any of you who may not know, a 365 project is where you take a photo every day for a year and showcase it for all to see. Rosie’s 365 project was based around self portraits and she wanted to do this project to improve her photography and post processing skills. Rosie’s talent improved so much and the results are out of this world. One of Rosie’s 365 pictures has even become the cover of Maroon 5’s latest album.
This has inspired me to start my own 365 project. I just feel that a project like this can help me with my camera skills and increase my knowledge of photoshop and Lightroom. This will be my project and I don’t want to just do self portraits. I want to take a step back and take pictures of anything that is close to my heart, stuff that’s happening in my life or anything that inspires me. Of course I will have to include some self portraits. I want it to be simple at times but then I also have plans to do many wacky things.
At times I think I must be crazy even thinking about taking up a project like this. I work full time, Paul works away from home most of the week and I have little Fearne who is only 18 months old. When on earth am I going to have time?
I do love a challenge!
I know I won’t be able to upload the pictures every night to begin with. I barely know how to use photoshop and I need Paul to sit with me all the time. This time a month or so ago I didn’t even know what ‘aperture or ISO’ were but I am slowly but surely learning.
I had all intentions of posting this blog on 01/01/2011 but that went to pot when Fearne, Paul and I got flu. Even after that I have still managed to take a picture every day and now we are on day 8. In the mean time I have managed to stumble across another photographer who is also taking up the 365 project. She has inspired me so much already. Alex Beadon is an upcoming London based photographer. This girl seriously does not need any practice. Her first week has already set a very high standard. I do not put my work on the same level as Alex but one day I would love to take a picture that people would class as equally as good as her work. I am determined to be as good as you Alex…Watch out!
I would love for people to comment on my pictures, even if you love or hate. This is going to be a massive learning curve and I would love for you all to share with me or even throw a few ideas my way…
Wish me good luck (I am going to need it!)
I am not feeling inspired today at all. I am ill and feeling sorry for myself so a picture of the things that I want to make me feel human again.