AntonLargiader wrote in post #16649556
You're going to have to shoot a lot and try stuff. The 365 is actually a great tool; it makes you come up with something every day and eventually you just HAVE to try something new.
There are also plenty of ways to get critique on your images, which can lead you to working on specific aspects. For instance, the little girl in the pink shirt, if you look at the light on her face the color isn't flattering. There are slightly warmer tones in the background but the light on her cheek is a bit blue. You can fix that in post, but you could also take that as a 'study item' to think about light temperatures and white balance. Also, there are no shadows on the face; the light is very flat. Read about portrait lighting and try to create the classical lighting effects by bouncing the flash or positioning your subject differently. These are skills that take practice.
Read the "Composition and arty stuff" thread. Look at your crosswalk light picture. Did you intend the elements to overlap? Why or why not? What does that tree top add? Where does the eye go? There are details in everything that can be analyzed.
See, everything you mentioned here about my photos, I would have never saw that, and those pictures in JPEG was pretty much hopeless in post processing. But regardless, they were literally the first few pictures I took for the very first time using a DSLR, without knowing what any terminology means.
nathancarter wrote in post #16650758
The first post stated, "I would prefer to have a foundation and move on to bigger and more complicated things afterwards."
If the exposure triangle isn't a solid foundation, I don't know what is.
Running around taking a thousand snapshots, hoping for a happenstance success, doesn't build a solid foundation.
This is probably the advice that I decided to take up on, the camera sim someone posted on the first page helped me understand how the three work together way better than the words I tried to read on them.
Phoenixkh wrote in post #16650777
First of all, I know lots of people on POTN and in real life who live in the northern regions of our continent. (and a few from other northern countries as well)
This time of year is frustrating for many of us. We lived most of our lives up north and winter was a tough haul some years. That could be what the OP is experiencing as well as the sometimes frustrating goal of becoming a better photographer... just a thought.
YEGenesis: a suggestion. As soon a spring hits your area, find a spot you love like a botanical garden or some other place that inspires you. Plan to spend several hours there and take a bunch of photographs of things you love. That really made a difference for my own journey.
You're bang on. I haven't been very inspired lately, which is why the last time I took the camera was probably back in November when a huge snow storm happened and everything looked really nice; however, since then, it's been nothing but warm weather that melts the snow, turns everything a dirty brown, and then over night cold weather to have all of that dirt freeze up again. Our city is not a place of scenery (unless you go to a spot overlooking the skyline). I am a full time University student trying to take up a hobby, capturing moments because I didn't buy a DSLR to take "selfies". I understand that practice makes better, which is why I am all for doing more shots, but with my busy schedule I also know it will take me much longer than someone else who might have a bit more free time.
I really appreciate every single advice that has been posted on this thread, I picked up the Exposure book (yet to read), I've been playing with the CameraSim, and I already feel like I am understanding it a little better than before starting this thread, which should be a good sign right? I have also taken up the 365 challenge, I will be starting this Saturday, as a new month starts!