And it's been a whirlwind of discovery ever since! I've attended a couple of 3-hour entry level courses offered by Canon themselves, but for the most part I've been practicing all on my own, reading everything I can get my hands on and watching just about as many Youtube videos on various photo taking techniques as my brain can handle without melting. It's been crazy!
But slowly I feel that I'm starting to get the hang of things. Around 2 weeks after starting to use my DSLR cam, I switched from automatic settings to using semi-manual controls--what Canon calls its "Creative Zone." Around one week after that, I forced myself to venture into full manual mode, supposedly as the professionals do. Although, to be honest, I find that my favorite mode to sit on is "Aperture Priority," which allows you to fiddle with the lens opening on the fly, but lets the camera handle the shutter speed. I still manually select the light sensor sensitivity, though--aka, the ISO. I've been told to go ahead and leave that on auto, too, but I sometimes like to leave the sensitivity low even when there is not a lot of ambient light around. For artistic reasons and, frankly, because, the look this achieves is just my personal taste.
And, I actually had my first taste at being a photographer-in-demand, too! First, by shooting my best friend's student film in the capacity of "set photographer," which was a damn lot of fun! And secondly, being hired by a couple of local up-and-coming actors to shoot a portfolio of professional looking headshots for them. What I learned on both assignments HUGELY added to my skill set as a wannabe photographer. Especially when it comes to ambient light control and post-editing software. Yowsers!!!
You know what, though? I bet most of you reading this don't care a snot for all that techno mumbo-jumbo and what-not. You want to see some proof in the pudding, I'm guessing. Well I'm a little nervous about sharing these because, you see, I'm my own worst critic ... and also because I happen to be able to see all the mistakes I've made in these photos. Not one of them is "perfect" per se, nor even close to it. However, I guess you can say that this represents my 3 months so far trying to fake taking photos like a somewhat pro. In essence, the photos below are my favorites.
My own personal portfolio, if you will:
As per usual, feel free to click on the images to view larger versions.
And for those wondering, the two human people in the midst of all these landscape shots (can you tell I'm not a people person?) are my sweetheart, the lovely Cin---whom you might have seen hanging around in the comments section here on this blog---and, of course, a self portrait of moi thrown in there for good measure. I had just purchased a tripod and manual shutter release cord that day, and decided to test it out by taking an unnecessarily elaborate selfie!