I love taking pictures of my family, but I'm not a photographer. Does that make sense? I don't enjoy photography for its own sake - I don't read for fun about aperture, shutter speed, or sensors. I don't play around for hours taking the same photo with different settings to understand it all. I signed up for an Intro to Photography class at our local college and dropped it after the first day because it was BORING.
Don't get me wrong - I want to improve my ability to capture my family living our lives, but I don't have any desire to dive into the technical details or argue the merits of this lens vs that one for xyz application.
I just want to be able to take more shots like this:
I don't get too caught up in the race to buy new fancy equipment. I upgraded to a DSLR (Canon T3i) last year, after using my trusty Canon S90 point and shoot for 3+ years. I still use that small camera for photos of my scrapbook pages and jewelry because I'm so familiar with how to get the macro shots I want.
So right now, photography is trial and error for me. A friend gave me some pointers on shooting in aperture priority mode (Av), and another friend recommended the inexpensive 50mm f1.8 lens. I use both of these tips faithfully and have been rewarded with some pretty great shots of my family.
Of course there's always room for improvement. I need to read up a little more in my manual on focusing, as I've heard it's better to use center-point-only focus for people shots. I also need to remember to take the Big Camera out with us more often so I can get photos with backgrounds other than our living room or kitchen.
But I'm still not a photographer. Just a mama with a camera who loves getting great shots of us doing our thing, whatever that may be.
What's YOUR photo philosophy?