I’ve enjoyed taking photos since I first got digital camera back in 2003. I loved the fact that you could take hundreds of pictures and just select the good ones. In 2004/5, I even went so far as having a daily photo blog. However, I fear the buttons on my Nikon D3200 and have very little idea what they do. To overcome this fear I signed up for Ashley Baxter’s Glasgow Photowalk (featuring Dan Rubin).
The day started with Dan explaining what makes a photo. He talked about light, Henri Cartier-Bresson, aperture priority, shutter priority, ISO, focal stops, the golden ratio, lenses, and composition. I liked his idea of the photographer as the person who senses not only what is happening but what is going to happen. It was clear how much goes on in the mind of the photographer – no matter how much money you have to throw at equipment and software, you can’t buy psychological tendencies.
And so we went out to Glasgow’s West End to shoot people and things for a couple of hours before coming back to the office to hear Dan talk about post-processing. The options available in Aperture and Lightroom are amazing and empowering, but its so easy to go overboard and can be very time-consuming. Here are my imperfect but hopefully interesting results.