I’ve been shooting with my Nikon D5100 for a few months now, and it’s drastically changed not only the way I capture memories but also the way I blog. Shooting with a legit camera has definitely taken my photos (and posts) to the next level, to the point where I cannot imagine going back to a point-and-shoot method. I do not take my photography too seriously–it truly is a hobby and I enjoy it. Below are some tips I’ve learned through online tutorials, a beginner photography class, and (of course) good ol’ trial and error. I’ve included some of my favorite shots I’ve taken thus far. Happy clicking! -Sarah
1. In the name of all that is holy, watch this video and put your camera strap on correctly.
(Says the girl who dropped her camera in the Target parking lot and then cried afterwards.)
2. Take your camera everywhere. Chase sunsets.
3. Your perspective is interesting. Use it.
4. Natural light is your best friend.
5. Be trigger happy.
6. Work hard for a difficult shot. This is how you learn.
7. Find the closest independently-owned camera shop to you. There will be nice people there. Make friends and learn from them.
8. Go for walks–just you and your camera.
9. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable your subjects will be.
10. Get over yourself and be silly. It’s not about capturing the perfect shot – it’s about freezing moments in time.
11. Buy a shutter remote. Not because you need one, but because they are fun.
12. Experiment, experiment, experiment. Only when you break out of the auto settings will you truly unlock your creative potential.
(I think I just took this post to a whole new level. Better stop while I’m ahead!)
P.S. When I was compiling these pictures, I noticed that in all of them Shelton is wearing the same shirt. I have let him know that apparently it’s my lucky shot shirt and he should pretty much wear it all the time.