Someone once asked George Bernard Shaw the famous writer “how do I become a writer” to which he replied “you start to write” Similarly I suppose the similar question posed to a professional photographer would be “you start to take photographs”
I have always had an interest in photography but it is only in the last two yearsor so that I have been able to devote more time to my hobby. The purchase of a Digital SLR a couple of years ago (Nikon D5100) moved me up from a “point and shoot” approach to a greater mastery and understanding of the technical aspects of taking photographs…………..or so I thought!
I started to use my new Nikon mainly on the automatic setting or on one of the other settings for specific kinds of shot e,g, landscapes and buildings but I had this feeling that I was not being a “real photographer” because of the limitations I was working under.
I decided to enrol on a 1 Day photography course held in Leeds with Going Digital (http://www.goingdigital.co.uk/photographycourses/yorkshire.php) and found it to be an excellent introduction to using a DSLR. The presenter was informal, enthusiastic and very supportive, just what I needed.
Since then, although I have occasionally used the manual settings on my camera, I still tend to revert to the automatic setting partly because the kind of shots I want e.g. clouds, sunlight etc. change very quickly and are “of the moment” shots.
So to a great extent I am still doing the point and shoot but getting decent results, as the photographs posted here would suggest, although I leave that to your judgement. Moreover, having iPhoto on my Mac enables me to tweak my photographs should they need it.
I think it is fair to say that when I see something that I want to photograph I want to do it there and then and not spend several minutes setting up the camera (perhaps I am joining the “instant gratification” generation). Perhaps this is my justification for not having the self-discipline to master the technical elements of the camera.
It is also fair to say that if I just point and shoot I could have spent much less on a camera than I did but I love the Nikon D5100 and recently bought a Pentax K50 as a “back up”……….that’s my excuse for the purchase anyway!
So, I am not sure how to classify myself other than an enthusiastic amateur taker of photographs but with aspirations……………….