If you want to be the next Ansel Adams, Don Mccullin or David Bailey you’ve chosen the wrong blog. Leave now. This post and those that follow for the next three weeks or so are for amateurs who might find the odd post or so among the twenty-five that I’ve drafted to be of some use. Each post will summarise an aspect of photography in less than one A4 page.
Let me start with my philosophy: good photography is not about gear – lenses, camera makes or models. I start from the idea that photography improves with learning how to look for opportunities. I’ve seen really good photos taken using smartphones and mediocre images taken with high end cameras.
The only qualification I would make is that if you want to enlarge a photo to be printed at greater than A4 size, you will be better using a camera with a full frame sensor and a high quality lens but don’t go overboard with megapixels. I’ll explain that in a later blog.
Cards on the table time: All of the images I’ll be using are ones that I’ve taken myself. If you think that they’re rubbish, there are some great digital photography websites out there. If my level of photos is what you’d be happy to achieve, read on. Next confession, I’m an arthritic 77 year old and I can’t carry lots of heavy gear, so my hints won’t require you to either.
Finally, probably, I don’t have the cash to travel to exotic locations to take shots of the most beautiful instagrammable scenes. In any case, I couldn’t afford the travel insurance, so my recommendations will assume that you can’t. I live in a post industrial town, though there are some interesting cities within a 30 minutes train ride away. Also, I do have the Lake District and Snowdonia a couple of hours drive away. I won’t be posting photos from further away than that.
If the above hasn’t dissuaded you from continuing, then welcome. My first few posts will be general in nature on topics such as the significance of light, of time and of position. I’ll see you tomorrow when I’ll be posting on the topic of light.
My featured photograph today is of the spiral staircase in the LCVS Building in Liverpool. I took the photograph earlier this year before Covid -19 struck. I used my Pentax K-1 Full Frame 36 MP camera mounted with a 15-30 mm f/2.8 lens at 15 mm and f/8. The ISO was 100 and the shutter speed 1 second. I did use a tripod.