It’s great to get out and about with a camera discovering exotic locations, capturing vibrant cultures and colourful flora and fauna but if you’re a little bit shy (like me) and lack the confidence to get stuck in when you think someone might be judging you (yep, me too) then one of the best ways to overcome your reticence is to master your equipment.
Mastering your gear means you can work quickly and efficiently during the precious time you have on location. Like driving your car, where the controls are used instinctively, you need to free your mind so you can get your creative brain working on what really matters — your artistic vision.
My garden has become the space where I get so used to my camera it becomes second nature to get the shot I want. I changed camera and lenses last year and the difference in operation has brought me to the conclusion I need this back-to-basics approach. I want to be ready for any situation and know what my camera can do.
10 weeks have now elapsed since I started on this journey, all reproduced here on Medium at the end of each week. From birds to bees, foxes to flowers, squirrels to spiders, my camera lens has been pointed at them all. The variety has honestly surprised me but an even bigger surprise has been the things I’ve learned, the avenues that new knowledge has taken me down, and how engaging the whole process has been. So much more than just an exercise in get acquainted with a new camera!
Here are links to those first 10 articles which started in February.
Week 1 Bring a Daily dose of Happiness.
Week 2 February
Week 3 Weekly Journal
Week 4 In Like a Lion
Week 5 Two new visitors
Week 6 Change the world
Week 7 The continuing Story
Week 8 The year Marches into April
Week 9 Has Spring finally sprung?
Week 10 Emergence of Spring.
I hope you enjoy them all and join me for the next 10 weeks which promise to be quite a bit busier!