Learning Photography It Never Ends

I have had a few jobs in my life, a professional pet groomer, a horse farm manager, a guest ranch cook (don't laugh I am only giving you a few of the many jobs I had) I will stop there because these are the three I most enjoyed, the rest were, well just jobs. It was time to get serious and learn a craft, something to master, something to dive deep into and never quit. I chose photography. Probably at the best time because digital was just coming in to play, and the worst time because more and more enter this field and it is in a free fall right now where nobody knows what is coming. New technology, software, cameras, books,  seem to come out weekly and you have to keep up with it all or you can get lost in just a short time.

So I have been learning and practicing for over 6 years, and see no end in sight. But I wanted to share with you some early work and where I am now.

I had no clue what I was looking for in this photo, how embarrassing

Nice photography but not really much more than a snap shot

In focus, closer and expression

Although at the time I loved this, I see many technical problems

This is a bit better and tells more of a story

I am not anywhere near where I want to be, and honestly I doubt I will ever reach "it" what ever that means. But I am glad I took the time to learn and practice and attempt to master this every changing industry.  Every year I make a calendar of images from the previous year. I save the calendars as a reminder of just how far I have come and how much I have learned.

I thought I would share just a few of the places I learned and got inspired.  If you are just beginning with photography don't get discouraged. Looking at where I started should be encouraging enough.

  1. Here is something to think about

http://alesserphotographer.com/blog/2013/5/28/look-at-this

2.   If your starting out and still do not understand aperture and how to use it here a good article to read.

http://photofocus.com/2013/06/09/understanding-aperture-a-simple-explanation/

3. If you want to know where I started my education here is a great website that will really jump-start your learning.

http://www.learntotakephotos.com

4.Want to see what you need to achieve? This website has some of the very best photographs. You will understand why it takes so long to get to this level.

http://500px.com

5. Got Money?  Go here to purchase gear. Great customer service and they have everything, I mean everything!

 http://www.bhphotovideo.com

Let me know if you need any other help, ideas or direction, I am glad to give back the same way others have helped me. None of us get there alone.