In honor of my 3rd year of shooting in manual mode, some of our fabulous contributors decided to join in and show you their journey. I love looking at this as it shows how we all start at the same place but with practice and dedication you will grow! Thanks for sharing your journey, Melissa!
This was the beginning of my journey. Although I had my camera the two years prior to this, I didn’t bother to learn manual mode till my daughter was born. This was a fun year to look back on. Anything and everything I learned I was eager to try and honestly I probably used each technique more than needed.
I really had no idea how to use light when I first started. I knew that I didn’t want to be out in the sun and that shade was better. What I didn’t understand at the time was that I wanted open shade. Instead I found the darkest spot and stuck my daughter there.
Most of my work this year was how to use my camera. It didn’t leave much time for me to really understand photoshop. I’d learn new techniques like vignettes, color pops and skin smoothing and applied them with a heavy hand. Unfortunately the results were less than stellar but eventually I learned how to soften them up.
This year things really started to change for me. I found Clickin’ Moms, invested in a lens other than my kit lens and did workshop after workshop. Things started changing for me.
I figured out how to use light and use it to my advantage. My obsession for backlighting started with Clickin Mom’s Natural Light 101 class. It also helped me understand window light, which was huge in helping capturing my daughter on a every day bases.
Later in the year I took Shooting 301: Composition and Creativity and really started to challenge myself. I worked with compositions and telling a story with my photos.
This past year has been about finding myself and what I want to get out of my images. I’ve worked hard with composition, finding new ways to tell my story. Worked with my editing to find the style I like to achieve. But mostly just having fun taking shots of my little lady.