Our Christmas wish list had only one thing on it–a new digital camera. We did a ton of research and decided on the Pentax. It came super fast from B & H and we’ve had it just under a week now. We purchased a book with some helpful tips on general photography and I’m still waiting for one specifically on product photography to arrive from Barnes and Noble online.
It’s important to note that I have the patience level of a flea. So the fact that I’m not instantly picking up the knack of digital photography is frustrating me beyond my level of tolerance. I think I might have been expecting to pick up the camera and not only be a talented photographer with years of experience and high-level training, but also a savvy photo-stylist with a keen eye for detail and a garage full of props for use at my disposal. Truth is, I’m at pre-beginner level and there is just so much to learn and master.
For example, it took me a half hour just to get the room set up for a makeshift photo-shoot–first I had to clear the kitchen island of 37 mismatched teacups, salt and pepper shakers, clean dishes that weren’t put away and mail from three days ago. Then get the lights and a stand for the lights. Then get the products and some interesting props to shoot the products against. Oh the camera, I need the camera. Sh*t, no batteries. By now, the light is completely changed and the scene I just set needs realigning for optimal lighting conditions. Grrrrrrr. And after all that, I’m not even convinced that there’s enough of an improvement on the photos, $900 later.
For all you people out there who love photography and are so talented, what’s your secret?! Ha–fat chance you’re giving that up, right? Lucky me, my great friend Deb has been giving me some useful tips. And I know that the only way I’ll get better is time spent. I just feel so frustrated with the learning curve. It doesn’t help that we’ve been seeing temps in the teens here in CT the past week or so, which limits my opportunities to get outdoors and shoot some interesting subject matter.
Perhaps taking up hobby-level photography will be an exercise in patience for me. I like to imagine the day that I start looking to my camera as an outlet for relaxation! At the moment, it seems impossible, but I’m going to keep at it.