Photography & me: The truth

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So I can take a reasonable photograph

Or so I am told. However, I am not a natural. I need to work at it. The good news is practice makes perfect and now I would have the time to practice.

So here it is

I guess the phrase ‘I am not a natural’ might surprise some people, but it’s true. I know because the longer the break, the more my photography improves. The composition is better, my mind is switched on to my artistic side, and I see the world in a slightly different way. I just wish that boot-up time was a little quicker. I wonder how many other folks are in the same boat?

So what’s the answer, use your camera more, and now I have the time that will be the case. In my former life the answer was to ensure I used the camera just before a planned break. Even if that was a walk through the English countryside with the camera firing shots, working on those areas where I knew I was deficient. If I made that effort, you could see the difference in the holiday shots.

However, there was a problem.

Which was self-inflicted. I harp on about shooting in ‘camera raw’, the digital equivalent of shooting negatives. The flip side of that is that to get the best out of a shot, work needs to happen after the event. I have signed up to Adobe’s Photography plan which, for a monthly fee, gives me Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop. So for every photography session there is a period of time I need to dedicate in front of the computer.

Let me show you.

So to just analyse some shots, to check I have my eye in, takes a little bit of work.

What’s the solution to that problem?

To remember you are just practicing, you could be brutal and delete those shots after. I generally don’t unless they are obviously rubbish. You know over/underexposed, blurred, picture of your feet, etc. If you are shooting in RAW you can always revisit the good shots at a later date and try a new technique.

So I settle back in front of the computer, fire up some tunes and get to work.

And when you cracked that.

I know that once you have a correctly exposed, well composed shot, the rest is just a matter of a little bit of work to make something memorable.

It is always rewarding to revisit images, flick through your own photo-book, or look up on your wall and see an original piece of work that’s all yours. That makes it all so very worthwhile.

About the Author


Gary, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born and raised in London. An IT guy who likes to takes snaps. Along with Janis his partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, over a Sherry in Seville, they decided that enough was enough with suits. The decision was made to take their knowledge and experience to create a blog to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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