For myself, photography has always been more than a hobby. Its a passion. Red hot lust that runs through my veins keeping me alive. I’m sure that many photographers feel this way. It’s almost as good as an orgasm. When you get that one perfect shot, ripples coarse though your body.
I’m not a great photographer. Some may even say I’m an amateur. And quite frankly I’m okay with that. I think all artists feel this way. You feel inferior to better artists than yourself. The res always a bigger fish. If you’re passionate about something though you should pursue it. Of course today everyone wants to be a photograher with the advancement of digitally photography, and I can’t blame them. Its easy to pick up a camera and shoot. But finding what to shoot can be difficult. The hard fact to face about photography, or any art form, is to find your niche or your medium, because more than likely, everyone else is photographing the same thing. If you’re lucky, you may know off hand, or it may take years to figure it out what it is you like to shoot. When I first went professional, I jumped on the wedding band-wagon because that was where the money was to be made. Even though my heart was in travel photography I settled for something safe. I learned quickly though that money doesn’t buy happiness. That isn’t to say I didn’t have fun, or that I didn’t like my clients. A lot of my clients have become friends of mine, and I will still shoot for them when they ask me.
My heart though has always been true to travel photography. I like that it combines my passions; photography, writing, and traveling. So when we had this opportunity to travel in Europe. I immediately jumped on the opportunity. My first inclination was to buy a new camera. While I love my Canon 50D, it is heavy and cumbersome. Mirrorless camera’s had just come on the scene, and I was determined to find one. I did a lot of research thinking I was going to settle for another Cannon since it had never disappointed me before. However, the more I did research the more I was drawn to the Fujifilm. There was a lot of nostalgia to that camera as well. You can read about it here. Naturally I settled on the Fuji, and it has not disappointed.
In Rome we did a lot of walking. In fact, we only took the Metro twice while visiting. Our favorite time to go strolling through the city though was at night when the streets dimmed, and the Romans came out for relaxation after a hard days work. This was also, I realized, my favorite time of day to shoot. The romanticism attached to the history captured my heart so naturally it captured the spirit of my photography as well.
Every camera shoots different at night. With the Fuji though, you can leave your tripod at home, and still get crisp shots. With these photos I shot at 6400 ISO which in the past meant “grainy”. With the advent of tibial photography though, you can now get a Crystal clear photo simply by shooting in manual mode and making some simple adjustments. Here’s how you can make the best of night photography. I highly recommend following these simple instructions.
Camera’s have come such a long way since we shot on 35mm, for some even 120mm. While I do miss the days of having film developed, or working in a dark room, I do like not having wasted shots come out. Lets face it digital is here to stay until something else comes along. Until then, get out and play with your camera and see what you can do with it, and find your niche.