I love beautiful photos …
Especially old photographs! A few years ago I had the opportunity to do a 50th Anniversary Book for a company. I was given photographs from the past 5 decades to include in the design. It became very apparent that photographs from the 50s and 60s and even the 70s were so much more beautiful then what they are now and it was very obvious that from the 80s onwards (when film and cameras became cheaper for the every day Joe Bloggs to own and buy), photography lost its creativity and became a former shell of its self; probably because that’s when every one became a photographer (kinda like how these days every one thinks they’re a graphic designer! *cough* Word is NOT a design program *cough*).
And, yes I admit it, like everyone else from the 80s onwards, when it comes to photography I can sit there and press the “take the photo” button on my camera. I can point and shoot. But I don’t get amazing photographs all the time … why? Well, there are a number of dials on my Sony SLR that I have NO clue about. And when I say a number … I actually mean ALL of them. Haha.
When I was in grade 11 I briefly studied photography and school and learnt about apeture, shutter speeds etc., but do you think I can recall all this stuff? Nope! So, this year I want to learn how to photograph properly and take the kind of photographs that make me squeal with delight when I get the opportunity to design with them. Also, as a designer, I should probably learn how to take a properly composed photo; expand on my skills to put together a rocking concept and ideas!
So, in order to start my journey on learning how to photograph properly I suppose I should get my camera cleaned. When we went on our USA holiday last year our camera got so dirty! Dust got inside the camera when we changed lenses and it’s been putting a spot on every photograph! Annoying! I have to Photoshop the spot out! The camera was also exposed to quite a bit of heavy salt air in Cabo, Mexico (the most hottest, humid place I have ever experienced in my life!). So yes, I need to get the camera cleaned … does anyone know any places in Brisbane that do this for a decent price (and when I say decent price I mean one that isn’t the price of a brand new camera!)? I also want to buy another lense for my camera and I need to look into photography books … if anyone has some great recs, please let me know!!! Must get cracking!!!