As any self respecting fashion and life-style blogger knows, great photography is a must. I purchased my first DSLR about a year and a half ago and have been steadily learning how to use it. There is a lot to know and learn if you want move beyond shooting in auto mode. And for anyone who learned photography on an old school camera, you will find that focusing with a digital camera is whole different ballgame. But the more or less instant gratification and ease of use that comes with a DSLR can not be beat. Photography is about three things: composition, exposure, and what is, or is not in focus. You also need to know what modes to shoot in based on the situation in which you are shooting. For example, I should have been shooting in continuous mode or AI Servo on Canon cameras and AF-C on Nikon cameras, to stop the action and avoid motion blur when I took this picture of Leila Yavari. She was late arriving to the show, and was in quite the hurry and was not about to stop and pose for the plethora of photographers vying to get a shot of her. Myself, the amateur paparazzi included. Shooting on auto and in continuous mode is certainly the best choice when shooting subjects on the street, or subjects that are moving in which you do not have a lot of control. When you do have more control then taking your camera off auto and shooting in manual to me is the whole reason to own a digital camera.
I still have a lot to learn, but I am excited about the control that a DSLR and shooting in manual allows me to have in creating photos that excite and inspire me. I am self-taught but I do plan on taking a class and would recommend this to any budding amateur photographer. And for my NY based readers there is class you can take at Photo Uno for which I have heard wonderful things from fellow bloggers. I myself plan on taking this class in late winter or early spring. So how do you feel about photography? Do you take your own photos or are you mainly the subject of the photos on the your blog? And what side of the lens do you like to be on? Image owned by ALLIE NYC, please do not use without permission and or crediting/linking back to allienyc.com
It’s really hard work being a street style photographer — Garance Dore