So I've been taking pictures with my Canon 5D Mark II for over a year now and like an onion I've slowly been peeling away at what kind of photography I do and don't like to shoot...
At first I started with a very open mind and said I'd shoot just about anything! Ha, how a year can change that thought process.
I'm still not very good with my flash/speedlight, at all. I can't get consistently decent shots with it. Seems I'm constantly trying to find the right exposure, shutter speed, aperture, flash compensation, flash setting, moving my flash angles, etc...I just don't like it either. In my natural light shoots, I am still changing my settings, just not as often or frequently.
Its so much easier and better for me to shoot in natural light, at least for now until I can master creating my own light. I'll stick with natural light photography for now.
After Thursday night I've decided that "event" photography is not for me. Unless its a very specific event that I want to do and is natural light. I offered up my services, volunteered to shoot an event for the American Association of Diabetes and it was a major fail. Not just my photography but the event was as well, which lent to that. There were "paid" photographers from local magazines and papers there, because the event had some local sports celebrities, and they were like vultures. I didn't feel comfortable asking anyone to take a picture due to them already asking everyone in sight.
I would have felt really bad had I been paid to get the shots and only got the pics that I did get. I'm not a vulture and not pushy so from that night on its no more of that type of event photography for me. I'm not paparazzi, and I won't be.
I've also just about ruled out wedding photography as well, after being a 2nd camera in about three weddings now. Too much pressure to get the brides special day.
So my onion is peeling back more and more over time. I love shooting children and families in a natural light, candid type of lifestyle photography. But even that has its downsides. Ones I'm more better at handling.
So my point of the post was to just get off my chest how I'm seeing my photography styles mold and shape after about a year and a half of taking all kinds of shots.
Sponsored and Organized Events as well as Weddings and Receptions are not my cup of tea.
I do want to take some classes and get better with a flash and maybe once I get a better understanding there, I will feel different about these two areas.
Thanks for listening.