After a few photo outings I had quickly realised that I really liked having this outlet to express myself creatively; however, there was a fundamental flaw in the execution and that was the lack of knowledge about the tool and the approach of improving my skills. Trial and error simply took too long and I felt I was going around in circles so I had decided I needed to absorb as much knowledge as I can from the pros whether it’s video tutorials on YouTube and CreativeLive channels, photographer blogs, or photography books.
I had endured hundreds of hours of videos and 30+ books later and spent a significant budget on the learning materials. I could not say I was any wiser straight after the experience because every photographer has their own style and approach in their art so you can imagine how confused I was when everyone seemed to be ‘right’ based on the result and the various approaches seemed to conflict one another. That said, there were a few points that stayed with me even now.
Photo 365 Projects were the rage around this time so of course I had to partake in this experiment. Thousands of clicks later, it got really draining so I decided to change to Whatever, Whenever 365 only if there was something interesting or worthy of photographing. At the same time “presets” and “bokeh” were two more magical keywords introduced to my world.