How I Took My Photography Beyond Snapshots

I am surrounded by imposing images as I walk around amazing pieces of art at a local gallery. What amazes me is that these are not paintings but, instead are prints of a local landscape photographer. They are beyond snapshots, but instead are works of art.

Beginning my Journey

I have always been drawn into the captivating world of landscape photography, where the images are beyond snapshots. My favorite artist is Ansel Adams. I find his work to be impressive. It always seems more like art than a photograph.

I began my journey into photography with a small Kodak 110 camera. It allowed me to take snapshots, but they would never be work of art. My goal has always been the creation of photographs that I would be proud to share.

Learning what photography is about

Going beyond snapshots occurred when I really started learning about the mechanics of photography. In the years that followed, I started using single-lens reflex cameras and then digital SLR cameras. The use of the DSLR, allowed me to begin transitioning into becoming more of an artist.

I started to hone my skills by attending photography workshops, where I was able to work with skilled mentors. My first workshop occurred in Washington DC with a group called Photography Safari. It is run by a retired National Geographic Magazine photographer. You don’t need to go to Washington DC for your training. Workshops and other types of training are available in most local areas. When I attended the workshop, I was shown how to really use the camera and to think more about composing my shots. The creation of pictures with better composition led me to use my computer as a tool to produce my best images.

Today I am happy to share my images with family, friends, and potential customers. I use Adobe Lightroom to produce my images, and then I add them to my gallery in Smugmug. I find that Smugmug is an excellent way to showcase my very best prints.

I hope that you have found my process of growing as a photographer interesting. In my next posts, I will be exploring some of the mechanics that you need to proficient in using. These will include Lighting and the exposure triangle.

Are there any areas or topics that you want me to explore?

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Pat Machado

    Great article and I agree, photography can be works of art! Ansel Adams was a great photographer!! I love photography and I’m always trying to improve my skills!
    Good luck with your journey!

    1. jrgoodrow@gmail.com

      Thanks. I always believed that the best of life is the journeys we take

  2. Debbie

    I think I started with a 110 also. The more we travel, the more I want to perfect my photography. Cool that you got to attend the NG Photographer’s workshop!

    1. jrgoodrow@gmail.com

      I highly recommend the Washington Photography Safari, they have incredible teachers

  3. Wayne

    Nice pictures! I am just starting my journey as a photographer. I take nature photos when I go hiking with my daughters and out on cruises in my classic auto. I also love to take pictures of classic autos and muscle cars. I just recently started sharing my car pictures on my website http://www.cruisingragtops.com If you have any pointers for me, I’d love to hear them!

    Wayne

    1. jrgoodrow@gmail.com

      I will definitely check out your website. I have found that I in a continual process of analyzing what I do that works as well what does work. Ultimately for me it a process of continual improvement

  4. Nick

    Nice article! I started with a Mickey Mouse 110 that my Grandma brought back for me after a trip to Florida. Still trying to improve my photography skills after all these years. Forever learning!

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