New Beginnings

Welcome to my online learning log for the OCAs Foundations in Photography Course.

My journey into improving my technical photographic skills starts here and I already feel daunted by the sheer amount I have neglected to bother to learn about over the past 40 years.

I was given my first camera at the age of ten for a Christmas present from my Nan and Grandad Lake. Then my mum bought me a second hand Pentax K1000 film camera for my 18th birthday present because I was studying ‘O’ Level photography at college as part of an art course. I used this camera until it died in 2004 and with it my enthusiasm died, I didn’t know which camera to purchase next.

This is when I bought my first digital camera, then my second and so on over many years, upgrading only due to the amount of pixels they were offering. I was enthusiastic again but I didn’t feel as comfortable with the new technology as I did with my Pentax and I certainly didn’t know how to handle these cameras, I felt disjointed from them.

I ended up buying a Nikon D700, my husband at the time was not pleased with the price tag but I was determined to get to grips with the functions, terminology and to shoot manually. FAIL. I used the cameras auto settings non stop again. There were far too many settings for this and that, and I couldn’t be bothered to work through manuals, read camera specific books or watch YouTube videos.

The camera I am using now is the Panasonic GH5 Lumix. With increasing hand and finger pain I need a lighter camera. It has many, many more settings and sub settings and again I am just using the iA setting.

Well enough is enough I say. I want to be in control of my photography and move forwards and the only way for me to do that is in a structured programme with tutor guidance. I have a lot to learn technically in the camera and on the computer and now I cannot be a lazy photographer.

My journey has begun…..

Cameras that I use: Panasonic Lumix GH5, a Ricoh Theta SC 360, an iPhone Camera, Polaroid 1000 Land Camera, and Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 and Instax Wide 300 cameras and now the Sony RX100 M4.

My camera number has increased…..

On the 6th February 2020, I welcomed the Sony RX100 M4 into my little family of cameras. This compact camera is easy to sneak into gigs and the theatre and is a nifty size to put in a side bag when out and about socialising. One very happy photographer!

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