Come join me on this adventure throughout 2012!
First, identify the main issues you have with the pictures you take.
- Lighting. Many times, the lighting is wrong in my pictures and shadows are too heavy or completely ruin my photos.
- Colors. My point and shoot camera has weird issues with capturing the color green. No matter what color of green or (as far as I can tell) what lighting I'm using, it seems to catch the green just a bit off of what it actually was. There are also some places (my mom's house, for instance) where the wall colors are rich and deep and throw my photos off. Can I fix some of this in post production on my computer? Sure. But I would much, much rather spend my post production time cropping and playing with fun special effects than editing them to make them decent. On the other hand, my phone's camera is spoiling me- it adjusts to almost any light and color situation amazingly! I guess buying my phone based on the camera on board wasn't such a bad idea!
- Angles. I pretty much stick to the same angles all the time. Time to break out of that mold!
- Sharing. At family events, at home, wherever- I usually take on the responsibility of being the photographer. Everyone there has a unique perspective. I need to hand the camera over to other people and see things through their eyes. Who knows what moment my nephew could capture at the next family birthday party?
- Planning. When I don't decide beforehand what shots I want, I'm going to miss out on getting them.
- Relaxing. *Gasp* Sometimes, when I'm having fun, it's ok to leave the camera behind. When I do that, I can collect memorabilia or go back to a location and take photos later. Then I still get my pages of memories without being distracted!