A dear friend of mine who started out as one of my photography students recently said to me;
"Holly, I think we should call it the 'Practice of Photography' just like doctors practice medicine, and attorneys practice law."
I don't think I have ever heard it put into a more perfect analogy before! She is so right on the money with that statement! And while I have ALWAYS believed in stretching and growing myself with my photography knowledge, she has encouraged me to get back to photographing still life and cityscapes as well.
So this past weekend it was my mother in law's birthday and we decided to celebrate with a road trip along Route 66 from Tulsa, OK to Arcadia, OK with the end goal of taking her out to lunch at the iconic Pop's gas station and hamburger shop. If you have never been, it is a must do on your Oklahoma road trip list. Imagine every soda pop you have heard of and more there for you to purchase along with a great hamburger and fries!
And as always, where ever I go these days I always carry my beloved Fuji XT-1 and 35mm lens! It is my new obsession that my earlier mentioned friend introduced me to! It is so light and easy as well as like "going home" to the old film photographers like me! More of that in another post soon!
On this particular road trip I had decided to keep my nose out of a book, my calendar and iphone and instead make it a photography scavenger hunt and adventure to grow and stretch my photography skills. Portrait photography comes easy to me as that is what I have done for over 20 years now, so to grow skills outside of my typical range has to be intentional. Route 66 from Tulsa to Arcadia provided many opportunities to do so!
Had we not been on a time schedule, I really think I could have spent the whole day stopping along the Route between Tulsa and Arcadia, OK. The route really provided some cool photos and opportunities to stretch myself and my skills as a photographer.
One thing I really love to teach my students in my photography classes is how to really photograph the subject well with using their camera the way it was intended to be used. Many of today's photography students are really great photo editors and manipulators. While I do believe there is a place and time for those things, ultimately your life will be less stressful and your time will be well spent learning how to truly use all the elements of photography to create a beautiful exposure that can stand alone without editing.
All of the images from this blog were not edited other than a bit of cropping and a few adjustments to contrast. Other than those minimal post production editing choices nothing else has been done to alter these photos. And that takes us back to the original topic...I am still "practicing photography" after 20 years of doing this professionally and 23 years after picking up my first camera.
"People quit because it takes too long to see results. Truth is, learning the process is the real result." -Amy Porterfield
I heard Amy say this above quote about two months ago and it struck me on so many levels and how it can be said for many areas of life. Photography was one of those at the top of my list! It is SO true. People quit photography because they are not willing to put in the time and practice it takes to truly learn how to use their camera and then how to develop an eye and art for creating beautiful images.
My encouragement for you is to get in there and really learn how to use your camera to it's best ability! Once you have learned the how to's of photography, next learn to craft it, make it a beautiful, and like an art!
My joy is to guide others into this process and as you can see I too spend time crafting and growing and PRACTICING my photography skills.
Join me in some of my up coming photography classes in Tulsa, OK!