This was my rough beginning (I won't blind you with the extra terrible images I had taken) but I didn't edit them at all. I didn't even change contrast or put filters on in iPhoto and not to mention I shot with Auto Focus and Auto Settings. I took all of these with my Pentax K-r with the 18-55mm kit lens. I really did try REALLY hard and I thought they were just the freshest things since sliced bread. There isn't much else to say about these other than the cliché "Everybody starts somewhere!"
October I was in the hospital having surgery in Boston for the second time on my silly infection prone toes so I didn't do much then but I figured I would include these two anyways. Once again, taken with a Pentax K-r with the 18-55mm kit lens.
Oh goody, we are at November now. ;) To put it lightly, a little part of me cries/laughs/screams/cringes when I look at these sets. I did not edit and I didn't understand what RAW files were and why I would always get two images (one RAW, one JPG) on my camera. I am a bit hesitant to post that on here or anywhere for that matter but IT NEEDS TO BE SAID. So many photographers won't admit that they started at a place as low as that but we all did and there is no avoiding it.
The bokeh phase, anyone else understand how that goes?
December I started getting my stuff together. I really studied and worked really hard to learn what the heck I was doing. I had a meet up with some other young photographers that month and I got to test out a Canon EOS 5D Mark II for two days which I fell in love with.
|This was the first shot I was REALLY proud of. I even still like it|
Ooooh, February was an interesting time. I had different people model for me which was a bit of a challenge for me. At this time I really thought I wanted to get into conceptual photography rather than portraiture or fashion. I wanted my photographs to make someone really think and I know I had some good ideas but my execution was just not quite there yet. I'm sure some of you reading this know EXACTLY what I am saying and have been there yourself as well!
Started April off average but it ended on a much higher note!! I started editing more in iPhoto (not much, I know) but I could give my photos a different tone like the one below. All I did was turn up the brightness, turn down the contrast, desaturate, and bump up the temperature but it did help the photograph! :)
|Bryley, from the meet up in Central Park|
|Ellie, from the meet up in Central Park|
I was so proud of this photograph. Yes, it was really that purple!!! I just bumped the contrast higher and cooled it a little bit in temperature and voila, the final image!
April was nothing special photography wise. I guess you could say I began my love affair with magic hour?
Social networking wise, I began this blog! Big step and I'm so glad I did it!
MAY :) Oh so much to tell of May, so I'll make a list of good & bad:
- I broke my 50mm f/1.8 lens (my favorite lens I had)
- Got my first sponsor, Go Jane!
- Shot my first sporting event (my little cousin's baseball game) Set here.
- I volunteered at the local animal shelter taking adoption photos of the animals for their website. Set here.
- Met up with Viv while I was visiting family out of state for a fun afternoon at a park (you can see her in the river) Set here.
- Had my first studio shoot (which isn't pictured here but you can see the set here.
|Outfit post with my lovely wedges from Go Jane|
I'm liking making lists so here we go again!
July was probably the most important month of my progress in the past year. I did so much and learned so much as well.
- Was in London & Manchester for nearly two weeks :)
- Spent three days with the master herself, Rosie Hardy!
- We had a fashion, conceptual, and a wedding workshop together (SO fun!)
- Really got with it in photoshop.
- Did my first expansions!
- I chopped off 13 inches of my hair (totally unrelated but I figured I would just throw that in there)
In with school, out with photography. Not much time to shoot and edit anymore but I was able to do a few shoots!
|Danielle, full set here.|
|JeLynn, full set here.|
|Kelsi, full set here.|
|Before and after edit!|
|Full set here.|
Only 3 days in to September now but this is just so far! Two self portraits along with before and after edits and then a few from the football game last Friday night! :)