Photography is a skill that is learned throughout a lifetime. It’s not something you are going to pick up a book, read it cover to cover, and suddenly wake up the next day to become the next Ansel Adams. It takes time. In fact, I firmly believe one can never fully learn everything there is to know about it. The photographic arts are in a constant state of evolution, changing each and every day. New cameras get released, software gets updated, post processing techniques fly at you like confetti in the Macy’s Day Parade. So what’s a photographer to do with all this unchecked stimuli? Simple. Take it one step at a time, and learn what it is that You want to learn.
Photography is a personal endeavor, just like any other art form. It’s not about what others are doing, it’s about what inspires you. You know what it is that you like. Study that aspect of the art, and master it. When you’re ready for a change, move on to another genre or technique that interests you. The point is, do what it is that You like. When you approach photography in this manner, it stays fresh, fun, exciting, and leaves you with a yearning to want to learn more. This is exactly what I did on a recent trip to Las Vegas to visit family.
Most of you that have followed me for any length of time know I primarily shoot landscapes. However, I have always had a fascination with images of city lights, but never took the time to try my hand at it. Well, what a better place to shoot city lights than Las Vegas Nevada! After attending a Blue Man Group concert (of which I’ll be posting images of soon), we took a walk along the Las Vegas Strip. Lights Galore! The image at the top of this post is one of my favorites from the night. It was quite a learning experience, and a fun one at that. I rather enjoyed it, and look forward to getting out and doing it again.
Just remember as you progress through your photographic journey, it’s not about the latest fads, post processing techniques, or the latest gear to hit the market. It’s about you. Follow your passions, dreams, and artistic visions, and learn to create images that have meaning to you. In due time, you’ll be giving the best of the best a run for their money. Just take it one step at a time.