Sunday, December 23, 2012

How I got my Photo Mojo back. And Merry Christmas!

I haven't written a photography post in a while. That's because I was feeling a little glum about photography. Like many photography geeks, I think that new gear will make me a better photographer. So I was feeling blue about not getting a new camera. It just wasn't in the stars. Because of that, I took fewer photos, left the camera at home more often, and when I did shoot, I just wasn't as into it. Then I went to the zoo.

I was holding onto a toddler when I shot this. It was dark. The leopard was behind glass. In fact, all of the day's photos were incredibly challenging because I was chasing the kid around, making sure he didn't fall into the crocodile pond or strangle a bird. Somehow, the photos turned out okay. Not perfect. Not great. But I enjoyed taking them. And I like the results.

Freaky goat at the petting zoo area.

All shot with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 and Olympus E-P3.

The pig makes me laugh. He's smiling.
The little guy wouldn't stand still.

I've read lots of photography websites and they all say the same thing. It's not about the gear. The best camera is the one with you, and all that. I would love to have a new camera under my tree this Christmas, but at the end of the day, it's about the photos and not the gear. Want better photos? Here's what I suggest:

1. Get out. 
Go somewhere you haven't been before. Take a walk around the block. It doesn't matter. Just use your feet. And take lots of photos.

2. Use a lens you're not used to.
I find the 45mm to be too long for me. I know it's useful in many circumstances, and I really like it, but it's just a preference of mine to use something shorter. I forced myself to use this lens more because it takes some superb, sharp photos. Using it required me to walk away from my subject more often. Once I got that, I had some nice shots.

3. Shoot what you love.
I enjoy shooting landscapes and my children, not necessarily at the same time. If you shoot what you love, I don't think you'll ever tire of taking photos.

Merry Christmas everyone!


niceyfemme said...

Happy New Year Vince and family! Inigo's so cute! Btw, if you have to choose between Olympus EP3 and EPL5 which will you choose and why? I'm torn between the two... TIA!

The Third World Nerd said...

Definitely the EPL5! It has the same sensor as the E-M5 which is much improved from the E-P3.