Last night, I had strange dreams that some evil person was cloning evil versions of my cats and I had to use my excellent kitty-mommy skills to figure out which were the real versions and save them. ^o.o^ For instance, my calico's evil versions had slight differences in pattern, and they had different personalities.
- when nobody's watching, i'm...: amused
Photography is a mixture of Artistic Ability and Technical Skill -- the magic of the mix isn't written in stone. The world is filled with technically proficient but artistically uninspired photographers, there seem to be a smaller number of artistically gifted but technically unsavvy artists, but they're out there as well. But the most successful people have a mixture of both -- they have an artistic vision, and they posses the technical skills to know how to make that a reality. The technical skills are the easy part, you can learn them from a book -- f-stops and shutter speeds and light modifiers, etc. The difficult thing to come up with is an idea.
0) Possibly the most important thing of all: Find creative people and make them part of your world. They don't have to be photographers. They can be writers, or musicians, or actors or puppet makers. Have a peer group of people who are doing things. They'll be your inspiration, your facilitators, your idea makers, your artistic partners. Do this for the rest of your life. Artists rarely survive in a vacuum.
1) Get a camera. It doesn't matter what kind. Eventually you'll most likely end up with a Digital SLR but in the meantime a point and shoot, your cell phone, a 1946 Brownie Box Camera, all these will work to start out.
2) Study photography -- this doesn't mean go to school for photography, but it means pay attention to photographs tear photos that you like out of magazines and keep them in a scrap book, get photography books from the library, from the bookstore, at yard sales. Learn what types of photography you like. Landscapes? People? Bands? Artificially lit? This will start to provide you with your visual vocabulary -- which will be important in figuring out what you want to photograph. Given a camera many new photographers are left baffled as to what they ought to be taking photos of. Subscribe to photography magazines, fashion magazines, travel magazines.
3) Take photos. What is it you're interested in? Enlist friends. Take trips, set up elaborate hoaxes, copy great works of art, copy not so great works of art.
4) Make a portfolio of your 12 best photos. these can be 4x6 1 hour prints. Every month try and replace at least one of these with a better photo. Do this for the rest of your life.
5) Evaluate your equipment. When you know specifically why what you have can't do what you want, it's time to think about upgrading. Do this for the rest of your life.
6) Find someone who will pay you to take photographs. It's always easier to learn on someone elses dime. It doesn't matter what the job is -- assistant to another photographer, part time local newspaper, photographing houses for a Realtor, etc.
7) Go to school. You can learn a lot more quickly this way. Things like advanced lighting techniques, gallery framing, etc. can be more quickly figured out in an environment like this.
8) Show your work. It doesn't have to be in a traditional gallery, it can be in your parents garage, or in your stairwell. Some friends and I used to have an open-air art gallery we called "Show up and Show" where we'd meet along a length of chain link fence, hang out photos up and stand around and talk to passers by.
9) Take lots of photos, throw out the bad ones, only ever show people your best. Do this for the rest of your life.
10) Stay busy. The opposite of busy is bored. Don't visit that place. Do this for the rest of your life.
Hope this helps.
Well in case you failed to notice,
In case you failed to see,
This is my heart bleeding before you,
This is me down on my knees, and...
These foolish games are tearing me apart,
And your thoughtless words are breaking my heart.
When I get sick...which is fairly often, I think...I always stay at home, cuddled up in blankets on the couch, and have my wonderful boyfriend-soon-to-be-husband take care of me. And he does such a good job. :)
...why am I still awake?
- when nobody's watching, i'm...: sleepy
I've been kinda sick-ish this week. And hypoglycemic. omg, I thought I was going to die at work today...
David and I kinda got in an argument last night. He kept being snarky at me. He's up in CR now visiting his folks and I think he'll be back around 9. Fun...2 and a half hours to myself. I might take a nap.
Tira is adorable! She's 4 months old tomorrow. We took her to the dog park today, and there was this tiny white puppy. She was so cute, and Tira kept picking on her cuz she was smaller. :P There was also a one year old brown Min Pin named Tanner. He kept picking on Tira, hehe.
Anyway, typing this on my new laptop!!! David got me a laptop for my birthday! =D
It's funny, I actually have more money than him this month.
Uhm...bored and sleepy now...
- setting:couch w/ laptop!
- when nobody's watching, i'm...: exhausted
and why is it so cold out? ><;;
oh, wow....there's a little detect music thing by last.fm...that's pretty cool....
in other news...this friday!!!! =D
I have the awesomest birthday ever.
- when nobody's watching, i'm...: cold
Everything from the past year is in the past, and we are starting another year full of promise together. This one will be better. ; )
Our relationship has been so good recently. David is so sweet, and we're both less stressed and laugh more often with each other. He feels like home to me.
We went to Des Moines Friday night to eat at a French place called Bistro Montage, because they serve snails and David's been craving snails for months. Honestly, I enjoyed our 6 month dinner at Daniel Arthur's more, but it was still very good food, and an enjoyable trip with David driving to and from Des Moines. It wasn't until we got in Des Moines and passed the sign that I realized I wanted to go to the zoo, but alas...by then it was too late. Oh well... :P
I made my flair board be all cute and love-y, too. Teehee.
I gots a job, so hopefully David can work less hours and not be so stressed out. My new job is boring, but easy...
Also, my kitty is adorable.
- setting:home <3
- when nobody's watching, i'm...: pleased
Love me or hate me, you're still thinking of me. <3
have to go talk to the people to get registered for classes tomorrow...fun
then call that guy back so i can get a frekkin job already
btw...11 months...ooo...trying to figure out what to get him for our first anniversary
- when nobody's watching, i'm...: bored