Photography Snapshot: Then & Now

Photography Snapshot: Then & Now
I am by no means a professional photographer. I am far from it. I never let that stop me, though. Shooting is exhilarating, inspiring and worth every moment.

I’ve looked back at some of the work I’ve done over the past few months, and it’s funny how something I was so proud of eight months ago is something I am no longer impressed with. That is a sign that I am learning and getting better at photography! I know I’ve said this before, but I am not truly satisfied if I am not constantly challenging myself to learn more. I think it’s important to take a step back and reflect on your work. When you do, you can pinpoint your weaknesses and your strengths and build off that.

My dear friend, Susan, let me pick her brain recently. She took a few hours out of her day to break down Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. I have been trying to shoot in manual for some time but I just can’t wrap my head around how each aspect of the exposure triangle affects the outcome of a photograph. She simplified everything for me and really opened my eyes to a few things I had no clue I could do with my camera. I am really excited to go out and just take pictures. They’re probably going to be terrible, but that’s ok. The best way to learn is to just do it!

On the left, you’ll find some of my first photographs. On the right are some of my more recent shots. 

How do you challenge yourself?

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  1. Victoria Henderson
    July 20, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    It’s great that you actually sought out the photography knowledge you wanted from a resource you already had. And you’re right; it is good to challenge yourself to do better in a given area. Good for you and thanks for the reminder to step out of my comfort zone.

    • July 20, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      Yes! I am very lucky to have a friend willing to let me pick her brain. Thanks for reading, Victoria!! xoxo

  2. July 22, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I’ve definitely improved in terms of positioning the camera to get a decent shot compared to what I used to be, I used to be terrible! But I’m still yet to really delve into the settings on my camera and understand how to get better quality pictures. That’s something I really need to step up and do! I definitely agree with persevering and continuing to get better <3 very motivating post! xxx

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:16 am

      It’s definitely been a challenge, but it’s been a fun one! I love learning all the settings and terminology, too. The most rewarding this is just going back and seeing my progress. It’s its own reward. Thanks for reading, Samantha! xoxo

  3. July 24, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    I really like your pics. You are right though you just have to go ahead and do it as much as possible to get a feel for what you like x

  4. July 27, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Amazing transformation! I love photography and being self taught has been challenging but very much fun.
    May I ask what your favourite camera and lense combo is?

  5. July 28, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    I’ve finally just decided to dive into taking pics and work with them. Nothing to it but to do it!

  6. August 3, 2017 / 8:39 am

    What camera/ lense do you use? I’ve been hunting for camera for a while and can’t seem to decide..
    love your photos