Computer tasks were starting to send me stir crazy. So I popped out into the drizzle to take some (bad) snaps and continue learning a bit more about photography.
I love taking Instagram shots and such of my work, and find myself taking more pictures than I ever used to. I do wonder if a big part of this is the ease of doing so these days. My bridge camera (a Fuji Finepix from a decade ago!) is fine I am sure, but it isn't as intuitive or user-friendly as even an iPad! I am not really qualified to draw proper conclusions, but it seems to me that if I want reliably pretty snaps of my work for Instagram, etc., then the huge screen and easy UI of the iPad is perfect... If I want detailed close-ups from the studio, or to just play and learn more about taking pictures (my current thinking), you'd think my old Fuji (being a "proper" camera in which you can go manual and control aperture/shutter speed/iso/etc.) would do the job. But I do find I am very quickly coming up against limitations. Ha, both my own and the camera's! For example, I will find that I'm interested in controlling the depth-of-field and focus more than I can with the Fuji's fixed lens. That I want to get really close to a detail, or that I wish I had slower shutter options so that I could play more.
Of course, none of that accounts for the poor composition and limited knowledge on display in my pictures ;-) One must work with what they've got! At any rate, I am enjoying learning a bit more about photographs. I tried when at uni, but lacked confidence and the tuition wasn't readily available. Would have been better off with a cheap-and-cheerful night-class than the university photography module I think. And normally, I've found myself drawn to painting and drawing instead. But painting, unsurprisingly, is just too messy (the way I do it, anyway!) to have in the same studio as bespoke corsetry.
I think perhaps photography begins to be interesting again, precisely because interacting with images (editing) is now so much more intuitive. These are all straight from camera though, else how I am to learn?
I tell a lie, you can manual focus on this camera, it's just a right pain in the backside.