I went to Half Moon Bay with Olivia earlier this week and I already can’t wait to go back. It really is a beautiful area and I really enjoyed walking alongside the coast, taking photos and talking. The beaches in California are so wonderful during the Fall season. I love the slight breeze, the cozy overcast feeling, and that fresh ocean air. It was the perfect opportunity to practice my photography.
In practicing my photography I have determined to focus on a few goals: embrace the blur, take in your surroundings, and learn to capture people (sounds creepy!). I don’t consider myself a novice, but I know I have much room for improvement. While I read many photography blogs for tips and tricks (Helene la Petite is my longest-running favorite), I feel the best way to learn is to figure out your own style as you go. When I’m looking through my lens, I find my eye gravitates toward certain things. Instead of analyzing what it is that has caught my eye, I just snap the photo. I can think about it later.
When I practice this way (snapping before thinking) I find my photos turn out more creative and authentic, less forced. It’s a learning process for me, too. I can look at the photos I’ve taken and discover the aspects of the photographs that I like, and try to figure out why I like them. Somewhere along the road I may become more technical. In fact, I can already see where I am exploring settings and functions. For these photos I had to play around with the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed in order to get the light and focus I wanted on such an overcast day. (Overcast is hard! It’s both dark and bright.) If some of you beginners want a good guide for camera functions and settings, you should check out Latrina’s Photography 101 series on her blog Of Trees and Hues.
Thanks, Olivia, for being my muse.
Check out the video from this trip.