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This week’s photoblogger of the week is Mark Lewin from Mark My Shots. One of reasons I’ve become a subscriber to Mark’s blog this past month is that he covers such a wide array of subjects – you never quite know what you’ll get and the quality of what you do is great.
In addition to this shot from Mark he’s also given us a rundown of his photography gear as well as some tips below.
Well, I’ve thought about this question for a few days, and the only really great tip i can offer is this:
Go out, don’t worry about what you know and what you don’t know…. take a bunch of photos and have fun.
Take pictures not of what you think everyone will like, but what you LOVE. If you see something that really looks cool to you, take some photos of it… not one, not two, but ALOT.
Take them from different angles, different shutter speeds, different everything. When you open them up on your computer, see what worked, see what didn’t. See what aperture did what and what ISO speed didn’t. It’s how i learned what “my camera” could and couldn’t do well…Plus, it helped me zero in on what i loved. Don’t get discouraged if you take a hundred photos and only 5 or 10 turn out…. thats totally normal. Its a lot better then taking 10 photos that didn’t. I find that since digital photos don’t cost me money, why not take a bunch! *smile*.
Soon, you’ll find the photos that make you happy. I have a couple friends i shoot with, and one loves zooming in and getting pictures of birds and animals. I have another that loves buildings and rundown structures, and another that just LOVES high speed photography like sports and such….. I for one don’t own a zoom lens because i’ve found that i just don’t “get it” and don’t see an image that way. I like to get wide or really close (macro).
The key is to travel everywhere with your camera and just take pictures…. you’ll be surprised what you find.
When i started messing around with photography about 3 years ago, I bought a Nikon D70S with 18-70mm. After that I was obsessed with finding lenses for it. I ended up with the Nikon D70 and the 18-70 kit lens. Later it was the Sigma 105/2.8 EX Macro, Nikon 50mm f/1.4, NIKON 28-200mm, Peleng 8mm Fisheye, and the Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight.
After about 2 years, i got obsessed with the Canon line. I would spend hours researching and looking at pictures. I convinced myself that Canon was the better way to go, so took the plunge and bought a Canon 5D with one lens 85mm f/1.8. Then, since i was horribly in debt with that camera, i rushed out to sell all my Nikon stuff. Afterwards, i started buying new lenses.
I settled on the following about a year later:
• Canon EOS 5D
• Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
• Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
• Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
• Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS
• Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
• Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash
• Nikon SB 28 for wireless work
• 2 Pocket Wizards for wireless flash work
• 1 Tripod with Ball Grip head
• Multiple Camera Bags ( can’t seem to figure out which one works the best for me)
• Two medium sized white umbrellas with generic stands
And I found out something interesting about all this. So far I haven’t matched my creativity i had with my Nikon. Canon might have some neat features, but i’ve found that its not the camera…its what you do with it. When i look back at all my thousands and thousands of photos, i wonder why I ever switched. It was fun buying another camera, but i wonder if it was worth it in the end. I wasted so much time researching that i lost sight of what was important….Im slowly getting it all back now….so finally i can stop obsessing about the next lens and just grab my camera and go take some great pictures.