Friday, December 17, 2010

How I Became The Photographer I Said I Wouldn't



Yes, years ago I said I wouldn't be a photographer who took a long time setting up a shot. Thinking about it. Planning it. Waiting for the perfect light. Modifying the light. Manipulating objects just because.

Yep, I really said that.

Well, I spoke too soon.

Back in those old days, I had no idea how much fun it would be to play with light or maneuver my focal point or photograph things that will never go on my wall. Photos just for photos sake.

Call me a hypocrite if you'd like. In fact, just last month I posted about My Photography. Yes, that is still the type of photography I love, but I would be remiss to not mention the hour I took to photograph a cupcake recently.

Yes. An hour. I didn't even eat the cupcake. No one did. I paid $2.75 for something I never intended to ingest. In my defense, I did shoot it on a piece of card stock, using a card stock reflector in my laundry room!

Call it what you want.

How did it happen? I have one guess. Somewhere in the passion for photography,  numbers really started to make sense. Once I had a more intimate understanding of what I could do with my camera, the fun began.

It makes me wonder. What does 2011 have in store for me?

8 comments:

Kelly said...

Katrina, I love this post! Especially since I've been talking with my husband about upgrading my gear significantly and I keep telling him I just want to take great photos of our 5 boys, but in my mind I *know* I will want to take creative shots of flowers, bugs, dogs, chickens, sunsets, clouds.... so here's to becoming the "photographer I said I wouldn't!"

Mimi said...

I have to laugh, Katrina...I would SO do that too...buy a cupcake just to take a photo of it! I think your photographs are absolutely wonderful...

Pattie said...

What you left out is how you managed to teach so many of us how to become the photographers we never thought we COULD be this year Katrina. :) I for one have learned so very much from you. (Now eat that cupcake!)

Susie said...

I love this post. That's been me this year while doing the POTD since I don't have a family living with me. Unfortunately, I have eaten everything I first posed and then shot...ice cream, cookies, cupcakes. Love the photos you posted today. Keep it up. It's fun!!!
Susie

dille2@cableone.net said...

Great post Miss K. I totally get the cupcake shot, which btw is fabulous.
I have learned this year that studio work is not for me and I am not interested in pursuing it. You helped me with that and I am grateful. We each need to become what we truly are. Thank you for all the help you have given us in finding our true selves. You are our RockStar...

Tami said...

You didn't eat the cupcake?? OMG

Aino said...

I totally get this too. And I love the cupcake shot -perfect light!!!

Christi said...

I buy stuff just to photograph all the time. LOL

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