Six Months of Photography

Some six months ago, I bought a camera. I've owned cameras before, but this is my first professional camera. It has proper optics, manual settings and five million buttons. I'm officially a professional photographer.

I'm kidding of course. A good camera doesn't make a good photographer. Good football shoes doesn't make a good football player. (Obligatory parental rant #34.) But there is something special about having a really good camera. It expects you to be better. To take better photos and become a better photographer. Also, the $1500 lenses look at you very judgementally.

I've shot about 25 000 photos these first six months. I've photographed everything; cars, trees, buildings, people, my shoes, the night sky and Michelle — sitting, walking, eating, sleeping, working… For every good photo there are 50 bad ones. But that ratio is getting better. Fewer messed up exposures, poorly focused subjects and disastrous compositions. I'm learning.

“Photography is about light” is something that every photography tutorial on YouTube says. It sounds easy and intuitive, but it didn't really sink in for me until I set my camera in black and white mode. The art of photography becomes simple: everything is black unless there is light coming in. That's it. Colors trick you into thinking you have a good shot when it's really the motive that interesting, not your composition. Black and white mode asks you to create interesting photos, not just to photograph interesting subjects.

Here are some of the photos I've taken over the last six months. I'm releasing some of them on Unsplash (the blueberry one was featured, yay!). I'm also on Instagram. My camera is a Canon 5D Mark III.