Catching Up

This seems like a good time to write an update post and let you know where I’m at with my new hobby. And at the same time, test the new WordPress Text Editor (Gutenberg). 

Back in February of this year, I purchased the Sony a6000 Mirrorless camera (a mirrorless camera is one that doesn’t require a reflex mirror, a key component of DSLR cameras. The mirror in a DSLR reflects the light up to the optical viewfinder. In a mirrorless camera, there is no optical viewfinder. Instead, the imaging sensor is exposed to light at all times).
Not really being one to read manuals or view tutorials, I set out and pointed my lens at any and everything. This is typically how I learn, by trial and error and trying everything at once.
This lasted for a few weeks, even months. Going out to shoot, then coming home to review my images and being upset at the result. 
I don’t give up easily, so I would set out time and time again, producing mostly the same results. I was reluctant to use the Manual mode because I didn’t know enough about the settings and didn’t want to waste my time, knowing that the results would be bad. Manual Mode scares the shit out of most beginner photographers. I was no different.

So I finally started watching YouTube tutorials, and I’m glad I did. There are many that are targeted at beginner photographers so I watched all that I could find. Over and over again I would watch these videos. Even today, if one of them ends up in my feed, I will tune in. Because as I’ve discovered, there is always something I missed or a tip that I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to.
The one tip that resonated with me, and still does is practice. I can’t overstate how important this is. Only with practice can you discover what you’ve been doing wrong and how to fix it. So, I did. I went out to shoot as much as I could. This is how I ended up in Manual mode. Manual mode only actually. I no longer use the pre-set program modes that I once relied on. 
Not only do I shoot in Manual mode, but recently I’ve been nailing the exposure in-camera, without the need to “fix it in post”. I still open those images in Lightroom, but there’s not much to fix. Granted this doesn’t happen every time, but it happens a lot now. 

It’s November now, we’ve been in DLS for almost a month. So now I’m getting practice at shooting after sundown, as it’s usually dark by the time I leave work. And I’m enjoying the new views. Nightscape photography is just as much fun as shooting in the bright sunlight, but not as frustrating in my view. With a lens that shoots well at night, images come out crisp and properly exposed. With practice of course.

So here I am, 9 months later, having a blast and learning a tonne as I go. I’m already eyeballing an upgrade. Possibly to Full Frame, as the a6000 is a crop sensor and doesn’t handle low-light as well as a larger sensor would. Among a few other advantages, such as more focal points and a better auto-focusing system. The Sony a7riii is in my sights, but I might need to rob a bank to afford that one…

Until next time!

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