If you are one of my 8 regular readers, you know I like to fiddle with DSLR photography a bit.
I have discovered that it’s both fun and sort of hard.
If you think you can just go out and buy a fancy DSLR and start shooting awesome photos, you are sadly mistaken.
Since I took up the hobby I have discovered that I had to try and figure out what the 783 settings on the camera were about. Whew!
When I started looking at my first photos, I thought “Oh shit, this camera takes awful pictures!”
I didn’t take long to discover that shooting the photo was just the first step in producing a nice photo that you would be proud to show someone.
I have to process my photos and tweak and crop and adjust and apply filters and….well, you get the idea. It’s time consuming to say the least.
Just in the last couple of weeks, I have gone back into my files and found a couple photos that I took this past summer in coastal NC.
I took the time to take the RAW camera files and process the photo’s until I was happy and then I posted them on my Facebook page.
My Wifey really liked them and she shared them on her Facebook page.
It turns out that my wife is friends with a lady who runs the county chapter of the American Red Cross.
The lady contacted my wife and asked if I would donate the photographs to their annual Ball and Fundraiser to be auctioned.
I thought that was really cool and I was flattered they would ask. I was happy to donate the photos.
Here’s the thing. I took theses photos with a Canon 60D I bought at Costco with just the 18-200mm kit lens.
I processed the photos with Adobe Lightroom 4 and the plugin called Topaz Adjust. That’s it. Nothing special.
Here are the 2 photos I’m donating for auction. One is a shot of the Southport, NC Yacht Basin. The same place where Safe Haven the movie was filmed.
The other shot is a pelican who landed on a piling next to an outdoor bar where me and Wifey were having a cold beer and relaxing.
A professional photographer might look at my photos and rip me a new one and say how awful they were. I have no idea. I can spot flaws in them.
I like my photos and that’s all that matters to me. If others like them as well it gives me a tingly down there.
The point I want to make is that if I can do it, so can you. DSLR photography and the processing involved seems a little intimidating at first but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of things.
I don’t care if it’s photography or learning to edit a video or becoming a carpenter. Get out there and get your hands dirty. Try something.
Good things happen when you step out of your comfort zone and take your passions and interests public.
Technical Details on photos
18-200mm kit lens (came with camera)
Shot in RAW format
Processed in Lightroom 4 & Topaz Adjust