Have you ever wondered if you could be a photographer? I think with digital camera’s at our fingertips there are many out there who are taking to photography. It wasn’t always that way for me. In fact, I never thought I was artistic in any way.
In high school, I remember I took a photography class. Just for the heck of buying time. I didn’t take it seriously back then, I was mostly into boys. Who the heck has time to think about school work.
I do remember, however, this boy in my class who was the teacher’s pet. He’d always get praised. Hey everyone, let’s take a look at Joe’s photos, now this is what action is supposed to look like. Really? I don’t think art should ever be graded. Art is in the eye of the beholder if not, no one would be buying those weird abstract art that in plain site is nothing, but to the purchaser, it’s a piece of art and wonder.
We were given the task of taking a photo of action. For some dumb reason, I couldn’t figure out what to take a picture of. duhh, sports could have been an action shot, what do you think? So, what did I bring,? A photo of me driving my car up a beautiful driveway. Hahaha! I thought it was creative. The teacher gave me a “C” for not trying. But, in my eyes, it was creative, different and action. I thought I had every aspect of the assignment covered.
Like I said, art should not be graded in that way. From that time I thought, wow, I suck at being an artist and I never thought I would take up photography again.
Then, 10 years later, I self-taught myself photography. I knew I had the eye for it, but I didn’t have the technical knowledge and components to capture what I saw in my mind. I bought books, read articles and learned what I could about it. I even took a one week course on it. I’d do it again.
I don’t call myself a professional photographer. It’s definitely a hobby, but sometimes people pay me to do photos of them. Most of the time, I just give my time freely because I love the rush of getting that happy look of satisfaction from the client. I feel fulfilled, I’ve done my duty.
But, for another 10 years I stopped doing photography, mainly because when everything started going digital, people started just using my photos everywhere and I didn’t like that. So, I just stopped producing them for others. I felt hurt because they weren’t acknowledging me for taking the photo.
Happy to say though, a month ago, I did a photo shoot for my sister’s band because she just kept begging and begging me to do it. I said, alright, but don’t come crying to me if it’s not to your liking.
To my surprise, it came out beautifully. More so than I had imagined it would. So, I’m getting myself an upgraded DSLR when I have the money, since my current one is 10 years old and obsolete. But, prior to that, I can afford the iPhone 7Plus upgrade, so I’m going for that. I’ll keep you all posted on how that goes.