One year, I asked for a camera for Christmas, knowing that it was a big ticket item that wouldn’t make its way under the tree. But, to my surprise, it did! When I was 14 years old, my Father, I mean, Santa, gave me my very first digital SLR camera.
I took that camera with me everywhere, capturing all of life’s moments in auto. Can you believe it wasn’t until I was 23 that I finally decided to learn how to use my camera’s manual settings?
A relative of mine had gotten engaged and asked me to photograph their engagement session. I was delighted and accepted with honour! I had always wanted to expand my photography skills, and maybe one day, have a photography side-gig. But I had never devoted time and energy into learning how to use my camera until then.
The very first time I used the camera my Father gifted me when I was 14 years old, in manual settings was on my very first engagement shoot.
There was no turning back.
Ever since that shoot, I’ve left my camera on manual mode, I’ve learned a ton about ISO, aperture and shutter speed. I’ve practiced in low light and sun drenched settings. I wouldn’t call myself a professional yet, but I’m getting there. I’m starting to really love what I photograph and develop an eagerness to upgrade to a better lens. The standard deck isn’t cutting it anymore.
I’m building a bucketlist for things I want to photograph and I’m going to do all it takes to mark each one of them off my list.
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