I mentioned in my previous blog about some “New Steps” I am taking through “The Artist’s Way”. One of the exercises in the book had me writing down careers I would do if I wasn’t doing what I am doing now. I picked one and went out to “experience” it. I chose photographer. On October 6th I asked my friend Wes, if I could borrow his camera. It is a Canon 7D and he put a fish eye lens on it. I don’t think I used it as well as I could have, but it was pretty cool, and I think I got a few good ones. He gave me a quick lesson on how to use it, how to adjust aperture settings, light settings and ISO. He also set it for manual focus. I have only shot with a point and shoot for just about my entire life so this was going to be an adventure to me. The first picture I took, was of his door. It was a cool example of the fish eye lens.
I thought I would go and take photos of doors on Victory and call it “The Doors of Victory”. Alex and I went down that street and I took photos of what I thought to be cool doors and entryways. I really couldn’t utilize the fish eye, as I was to scared of walking up the walkway to get close enough to these houses. We went down Habersham to one of the Squares there and found some interesting doors and entryways in and around there. Walking around and looking for doors to photograph isn’t as easy as it sounds either. I ended up taking about 140 pictures. Many of them were of the same thing, it took me a while to remember the settings adjustments. I never changed the ISO, I had forgotten how to, so it stayed at 400. I think we were out walking around, finding places for almost 3 hours. It may have not been as easy as I thought, but it was fun! I had a great time doing that. Looking through a camera lens is like looking into another world with a different set of eyes.
Being a photographer doesn’t stop at taking pictures. Now I wanted to learn how to process the photos I took. When I returned Wes’ camera to him the next day, I asked him if he could help me with that too. We scheduled for last night (the 10th). I had no clue what I was getting into. I picked all of the photos I liked- 30 of them -then it was time to work. Wes started it. He opened up photoshop and showed me how to do it. He would make adjustments and I would say “Okay” or “Right there” That went on for three of them, then Wes said, “Okay, now it is your turn” He was very patient in showing me how all of this worked. On some of them, I didn’t know what to do so, he made some suggestions. There were 3 or 4 which required a little extra attention in removing something from the photo entirely. Security signs were in two and a car was in another. I couldn’t believe he made an entire car disappear. It was wild, watching that process! All in all, in took over four and a half hours to process and edit my photos!
In the fact, the entire experience was pretty wild. Since these are taken from other parts of Savannah and not just Victory, I decided to call it “Savvy Doors” It was really fun to “be” a photographer for a day. Alex took a photo of me taking photos so I could see myself as a photographer. And I can’t express enough how grateful I am to Wes for trusting me with his camera and taking the time to help me process and edit my photos. It really helped to enhance the experience! The rest are in the slideshow, enjoy! And thank you for reading this post!