I haven’t always been good with a camera. I definitely have had my own struggles. I completely taught myself how to use a camera, lightroom, the whole thing, and it was tragic at first. I actually started out with just concepts. I knew I liked photos and photography, but I didn’t have any models or know how to use a camera, so I became my own model and forced my brother to take the photos. What I mean is that almost two years ago on Christmas day I put on a tutu and a pink top and told my brother to take photos of me in this park by our house. We took about 200 and I didn’t even edit a single one before posting them because I honestly didn’t know how too. The next ‘photoshoot’ was an idea I had about abuse and woman being able to speak out/being silenced. I took my 30$ Anastasia blue lipstick and smeared it on my face, curled my hair, and handed my brother the camera. As weird as this sounds we took them in his closet against this white wall and then also some in our basement. I did edit these and they were TERRIBLE. But I didn’t know that at the time. There were many other shoots I had him do, but those were the main two.
When I finally started being the one behind the camera, my first photos were of my friend Hannah in a park with her flower crown. I won’t lie I thought they were so good. How I really improved was taking a camera with me everywhere I went and taking pictures of anything I could. I still wasn’t able to edit correctly because I didn’t have lightroom. At the time I used VSCO.
Then on black Friday, one year ago, I bought my own camera and my own lens. Until then I had been using my moms, but now I had mine own! The box is the same one I still have today, a Nikon D7200, and the lens I had at the time was the 28-300. (Which you don’t need for portraits, but I didn’t know that at the time). The lens I have now is a prime lens and it’s the 50mm, 1.8 Nikon lens.
The following semester I took photography at my college (this required lightroom). I was disappointed because the class wasn’t as creative as I had hoped, but I did learn more about cameras and how to use them! So, by the end of the class, for the final, I had a grasp on how to use a camera (ISO, Shutter Speed, etc.). My final project was the black and white images of my friend, Melisa, in her bra and a tulle skirt..
After that spring semester, I did a shoot with a fellow student from O’More and you can really see by my first pictures (and horrible editing) to that shoot how much I have grown and improved. So, trust me, if you are just starting out and your photos aren’t what you want, don’t worry you will get there.