In a Hobbyist’s Photography Bag

pin4Often when I read about photographers and what they have in their camera bag, it is usually a professional photographer (someone who actually makes money off their photos). Well, I am not making money off my photos so I would not consider myself a professional. My budget is far less and I find it harder to justify spending money on photography. In thinking about this, I realize that my perspective is different. So what does this intermediate hobbyist photographer have in their bag? Well here you go.

  1.       Nikon D3000
  2.       Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 lens
  3.       Nikon 18 – 55 mm f/3.5-5.6
  4.       Nikon 55 – 200 mm f/4-5.6
  5.       Amazon Wireless remote
  6.       Aperlite Off camera flash
  7.       Tripod (not actually in my bag but I do use it)
  8.       Mini soft box for my flash

My favorite lens of the three I have is the 50 mm. It allows me to have beautiful bokeh, which I love and it allows me to get more light into my photos. Because I enjoy the low aperture on my 50 mm so much, now I want a wider-angle lens and a macro lens with small apertures as well.

Photo Project Routine

pin5I have been asked how I do two 365 projects. I have established a routine. So far I have only missed one prompt from the last 87 days and it was due to the fact that I kept putting it off even though I knew what I wanted to photograph.

  1. Right after I wake up, I check what my prompts are. I do this right away because some of the prompts need to be done right away.
  2. When I read the prompt, I usually envision something right away. Yes, you can do this too, especially with objects. For example, what do you envision when you hear the word “sharp”? How about “in my cup”? I envision a knife for “sharp” and my morning coffee for “in my cup”.
  3. I take what I envisioned and think of how I can incorporate my daughter20170302-DSC_0507. Obviously, this cannot work with every prompt such as for the word “sharp”.
  4. Sometimes I think of how I can be more creative with my first vision. For example with the word “breakfast”, I thought of cereal in a bowl. That seemed extremely boring to me so I thought of cereal pouring out of a box. Here are some other ideas for how you can be more creative:
    1. Aerial view (such as the 2nd picture)
    2. Low angle
    3. Wide angle (picture from far away)

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      “Digging for Treasure” was the prompt
    4. Close up angle
    5. Create interesting light
      1. Dramatic light with deep shadows and bright light
      2. Sunset light (i.e. golden hour)
      3. Use a flash
    6. Nature
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      2. Snow
    7. Shutter speed

Lastly, remember you are a busy person and sometimes you cannot expect every photo to be perfect because we only have so much time and energy to make it perfect.

Your Dream

pin6What do you dream to do? I think most of us are scared to say it out loud for many reasons. I know I am scared because I am afraid people will think that I am not capable of doing it. What if they end up being right? I am also scared because if I state it, people may help me out, and then what if I end up doing a terrible job? I wish I can remember where I read it but somewhere someone said that you should just state your dream out loud because that is the first step. I have been tiptoeing around taking that first step. Ultimately, I have been scared of failure but here it goes…

I want to show people the beauty of their family’s everyday by taking lifestyle pictures of their family…especially families with young kids (4 years and under). I want to take pictures of your kids reading books, playing with toys, running around your backyard, etc. All that stuff that many people would find mundane but you love. I would also like to get the parents interacting with their kids. If you are looking for portrait type pictures, that is not what I would prefer to photograph.

There you go, I said it. Now I am wondering if people even want pictures of their kids doing those things. To me, they are special moments that will not last forever. Capturing these moments with my child, forces me to stop what I am doing, be mindful of the moment, and see the beauty. Below are pictures of the type of photography I want to do for you and  if you are interested, let me know.

So now I go back to the beginning of this blog and ask you the same question. What do you dream to do and why do you want to do it?