One of the things I wanted to concentrate on this year is improving my photography.
I am taking part in Emma Davies "A Year with My Camera" project for which we had to decide on a collection. You can read more about it here and I recommend you follow Emma on Instagram if that's your bag as she posts fab tips on there too.
I have chosen to collect "Reflections and Silhouettes" throughout the year.
Along with our collections, Emma is covering a topic each week - so far we have practised exposure and aperture. As a more intermediate photographer I know the basics, and then some, but it's been good to force myself to practise them again, it knocks laziness and bad habits on the head! Emma accounts for the fact that we are all at different levels. This week's assignment on apperture forcused on depth of field, but also for the more advanced of us there was a chance to practice nailing our bokeh and learning about hyperfocal length (not so sure I get that to be honest,but there's time!)
It’s also easy to become stuck in a photography rut - you can become really great at a certain type of photography so much so you end up taking the same photos all the time. Having to collect something means I’ve purposely chosen a subject I might previously not have bothered with. Although, as you will see here I still love my flowers…
The group covers those just beginning through to more intermediate photographers, using iPhones, bridge cameras and DSLRs so there is a breadth of subject matter and composition. MrS and I often go out together and it never ceases to amaze me that we can have spent the entire day in the same place yet still come home with completely different photos.
Here’s some I’ve taken since the start of the year… I’m going to add the #ayearwithmycamera photos to their own gallery, but I’m going to have a “Photo a Week” post with a story behind it every Monday from now on. DO try and look at them on as big a screen as you can.