Recently on Instagram I’ve had people comment about my images. That they are better than ever. That they are kind of on a new level. I think it’s a factor of a couple of things.
First, I’m not stressed. This time of year is typically crazy for a photographer. Rarely would I ever pick up my big camera to take pictures of my kids. Finding time to take their Halloween pictures was always a nightmare. Everything was so last minute. But, last Spring I decided that I wasn’t going to do that to myself this year. Taking Christmas card pictures is my least favorite thing to do. So I just didn’t book those sessions this year. I’m lucky that I can cut back. And it’s made me so much happier. I think you can see that in my images.
Also, I’d say 90% of what I’m posting to Instagram is from my big camera. I always felt this pressure to get the shot with my iPhone. Like I earned some badge when I could say that I took the shot with my phone. When I would take the shot with my phone I’d also want to get one with my big camera just because the quality is so much better. I also recently joined a stock photography site and I want those everyday moments so I can submit them there. So, I ditched the pressure to get the shot with my phone and it’s another thing that makes me so happy. I can get the shot with my phone. But, I can get a better shot with my big camera.
And I can get a better shot with my big camera because I shoot in manual mode. I know so many Mom*togs that get frustrated because the image they take isn’t what they envisioned in their heads. I know my camera well enough that I can tell it what I want it to do rather than it doing what it wants. Aperture and Shutter priority are great starting points, but the end goal should be manual.
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