My First Photoshoot

I decided it's about time to get on to the photography part of this blog. When I first received the Nikon D3500, it was completely unexpected and I will forever cherish that day. It came from a dear friend of mine who knew that I loved taking photos, but didn't have a good camera.

Since I got the camera, I have taken it out a few times. Unfortunately, I haven't taken the time to learn how to properly use it or what I potentially can do with it. Now, it is time to change that.

I really enjoy capturing the world in the way that I see it. I enjoy capturing moments in time, memories to hold onto. However, I am very critical of my work. I have been editing photos since 2012 when I was in early high school. From this, I have learned that I LOVE contrast. For some reason, the darker the photos, the more intrigued I am by the photo. Still true to this day, I think my niche will definitely be high contrast photos filled with shadows, and vignettes.

I am going to insert a few photos from my very first photoshoot that I did of my little cousins with an iPod touch 4 - a device I carried from 2012 to 2016. Try not to critique too bad, as I was also just learning how to edit photos. I don't even remember the app I used. 😬

Hopefully, over the course of a few years and as I got better devices (still fairly cheap), my skills improved. The longest app that I know I have used to edit my photos is called Pixlr. This app allows me to have the freedom to change the pictures in the way that I want to. Over time, I discovered that I like to take scenery photos the most. Probably because I'm afraid to disappoint someone by taking photos of them, but either way, I take pride in the photos I have been able to capture so far.

When I got the camera, I was able to take a photoshoot of the gifter's farm! I explored different lenses and angles, but I truly had no idea what I was doing. Afterwards, I edited the photos just as I would edit any of my others. For the first time actually using the camera, the results are honestly some of my favorites so far.

Voila! Here is my first photoshoot with my camera.

Now, I am making it a goal this year to expand my horizons. I want to take photos of things and people that I would have declined in the past. I want to learn more about angles, lenses, shutter speed, light exposure, frames, etc. Then, I want to learn how to properly edit photos. One day, I'll be good enough to make surreal photography.

So please reach out to give me ideas, challenges, terminology, anything! I am excited to begin this journey because I am truly passionate about photography.

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