There’s no going back

Update: I’ve included the first photo taken with my EF 135mm ƒ2 L USM lens.

I’ve owned a dSLR camera for almost 3 and a half years now, starting with a Canon 550D before leaping to the 6D, which I adore.  I’ve learnt an awful lot from playing about with the settings on my camera, poring over photography magazines, investing in lenses, and following the work of excellent photographers.

I’ve owned a dSLR camera for almost 3 and a half years now, starting with a Canon 550D before leaping to the 6D, which I adore.  I’ve learnt an awful lot from playing about with the settings on my camera, poring over photography magazines, investing in lenses, and following the work of excellent photographers.

…the one thing I haven’t done in all these years though, is share many (any?) of my photos with the wider world, and I’ve taken a lot of photos.  Why?

All this time I’ve felt that I simply wasn’t good enough.  Seeing other photographers’ portfolios acts both as inspiration and sets an impossibly high bar.  I’ve since realised (obviously) that if you’re looking at a photographer’s portfolio from 20+ years in the field as a National Geographic contributor, then they’re going to be really good!  However everyone has to start somewhere, so get your act together and jump in.

At my worst, I’ve been known to leave entire shoots on an SD card and rather than import them into Aperture and edit them, I’ve simply bought a new SD card and filled that one up too.

But not any more, I’m back!

What’s changed?  Many photographers will know the situation: there’s an event on and people know you’re into photography, so ask that you attend as the event’s semi-official photographer.

Cutting to the chase, I took a photo on the day that made the front cover of a publication with a distribution of hundreds of people across the North West of England.  It was everything you’d want from a photo: good composition, real warmth from the subjects in the photo, and well, just generally interesting!

The cat’s out of the bag now: I need to step up my game, and start sharing my photos.  I’ve got a backlog of images that I need to sift through and edit, then I’ll share my favourites with you here.  I’ll also be looking at setting up a dedicated portfolio site.

As for that photo I took that ‘changed everything’ for me?  Well, I share copyright with the organisation that I took the photos for.  I’ll check whether I can share the photo and if the answer is yes, I’ll update this post to include it.

I’d love to hear anyone else’s thoughts on ‘taking the leap’ and sharing your photos with the wider world.