I missed my progress update last month. I also stopped posting photos every night. At first, I’d post every few days, but I somehow let this turn into almost two weeks. (I still took photos every day, though!) The night I finally processed and posted all of those shots was kind of a pain, so I’ve returned to posting every few days. This way, I free up some of my time in the evenings. It’s all about finding the right balance, though, and I’m sure I’ll go through phases of posting every day, every few days, and so on. Life has its ebbs and flows, and it can naturally “get in the way,” so I’ll just accept that.
I set a few goals in my last update post. Here’s my progress on those:
Make a light box. I made one in March, which our kittens proceeded to get into, sleep in, and partially crush–but it still works, and I’ve had some fun with it. I’ll probably need to get more lighting or a brighter bulb for my clamp light, though, because most of the time I’ve got lots of shadows and underexposed images. I’ve also looked into purchasing the items for an off-unit flash for additional lighting, but I’ll have to save up for that.
Shoot landscapes and cityscapes. I managed to take one cityscape, but it was more by circumstance than planning. I’ll keep this on my list.
Spend more time looking at other people’s work. The third goal is a little harder to quantify, but I certainly don’t feel I’ve achieved it. I read/look at photo blogs regularly, but I’d like to spend more time on Flickr so I can interact with photographers and study the work I like best. I’ve made a short list of photographers I’d like to study, based on what I’ve read in photo blogs recently: Irving Penn, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogene Cunningham, and Diana Arbus.
Another goal I’ve had for quite a while is to learn more about studio lighting. I finally started with Strobist’s Lighting 101, and I’m glad I did. It doesn’t have to be as scary and intimidating as it seems. Getting the right equipment might be expensive, but at least I’ve gained some foundational knowledge and have an idea of where I can start. I plan to continue reading Strobist’s lighting series, even if I can’t necessarily put it all into practice yet. Meanwhile, I’ve added quite a few items to my wish list… 😉
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