First I’d like to welcome you to my blog.
It’s really nice that you’ve found your way over here. So please, grab your (virtual) cozy chair, and relax a little bit after your long (virtual) journey.
My name is Florian, and on this page, I want to tell you the story of how I came to write a blog about photography. When I first bought my camera I never had the intention of photographing people, let alone sharing my work and my thoughts here with you. Truce to be told, I’m still feeling a little bit nervous about that (and by “a little bit” I mean, pretty much). But let’s start at the beginning, shall we:
Well, at first, I started like everyone else. By grabbing a camera. In the summer 2010 I went on vacation to Africa with my parents. My dad brought a brand new Lumix system camera to take some regular touristy vacation pictures. We had a great time, and took hundreds of pictures. But then, at home came the bitter disappointment. There were some nice pictures, but overall nothing near what I expected them to be (and we were really lucky and had some great motives). So I started to think about what we did wrong and came to one clear conclusion. The camera must be to blame! Yeah I know. I was pretty naive back then.
So I started to read everything there is about the technical aspects of cameras. I spent nights reading reviews about cameras, and different systems. Finally one year later when I saved enough money, and had enough of just reading about cameras, I went out and bought my Canon EOS 500d
I immediately jumped in and started shooting landscape, sunsets and of course sometimes my family and friends. But the more I shot, the more I realized that the pictures I took didn’t nearly look as I wanted them to. I had no idea at all how these great photographers out there achieved “this look” that I couldn’t get. Of course, at this time I had no idea about lighting, photo editing, or even composing. Remember, I just bought a camera and started to shoot furiously pretty much without a clue what I was doing.
When I was frustrated enough, I figured that surly these people must be doing most of their magic in post processing and Photoshop. So again, I went home, put my ass in front of the Computer, and started studying Photoshop. As Post processing is now a big part of my pictures, I’m still trying to master the craft, and with every picture I do, I learn some new stuff and get a little bit better at it.
And indeed, “post” (as some people out there call this fooling around with editing software) helped me improve my pictures a little bit. Let me tell you, there are some awesome filters out there that can add some extra punch to your pictures with just a few clicks.
After improving my pictures a little bit, but still far from what I wanted to achieve, I began analyzing the pictures of some great Photographers. Again I spent some long nights reading blogs and tutorials, browsing flickr, and just staring at pictures. And finally I began to realize what the essence of photography is really about. It’s not about a fancy camera, nor expensive software. It’s not about yelling at your model “Oh yeah Baby! Give me that look!” like these buffoons in these fancy TV shows do.
It’s all about image composing, and an idea about what you want to do, and mostly… about light!
Probably you’re shaking your head right now, wondering how stupid someone can be not realizing this stuff before grabbing a camera. I sometimes wonder about that myself. But I learned a lot from my mistakes, and with this blog, I want to share some of my work with you, tell you why I did it the way I did, and help you to avoid making the same mistakes I did.
So you probably realized by now that I’m not a native English speaker. So please excuse my poor language. If you find any typos or if my grammar is awfully wrong, please tell me.
So Long – Florian