It occurred to me as I was setting up all the things I have to help me learn how to not suck at photography, that 100 days is not a very long time. It initially felt like such a big number, but now that I need to actually DO something, I’d love to have more like, oh I don’t know, 1,000 days? But I suppose that would ruin the point of this whole thing, huh?
Anyway, here are the things to know about my 100 days with Photography. (FYI – I’ll probably use this structure for all the “Day 0” posts)
Why I chose it. Quite simply, it is something that I’ve wanted to do for years. I’ve always admired great photography (and by great, I usually mean the local prints hanging up in coffee shops around town), and I recently bought a new fancy (for me) DSLR. So far, I basically use mine the same way you would use a $100 camera. Point. And. Shoot. Seems like a waste – so I want to learn how to actually use the great aspects of my camera to make better pictures. Secondly, I think photography has an amazing storytelling ability, but the secret is often in finding the right moments to capture, the right angles to use. More than the functional process around how to take better pictures, what I really want to get out of this is a better ability to identify great picture opportunities. Finding and capturing the compelling stories in the everyday.
What I currently know. Well, essentially nothing. I like to think I know what I’m talking about, or know my way around things, but I am pretty much starting from scratch here. I have a few “reference” materials that I hope will help build a foundation – David Busch’s Nikon D5000 book, the camera manual, and Aperture 3 for my MacBook Pro. But I’d like to do more than just read my way into success.
How the next 100 days will go. I’ll take a three-pronged approach for this. Learn, Talk, Immerse. “Learn” will be mix of diving into the reference materials and the interwebs, “Talk” will consist of some conversations with others in the field who already do some kickass photography, and “Immerse” will be the fun stuff – actually taking pictures. A lot of them. I’ll post many of the pictures here, but will probably use my flickr account to house many as well. From an equipment standpoint, I’ll be using my Nikon D5000, my iPhone4, and some software/applications (Instagram, Aperture, Photoshop, etc).
My goal. While I obviously would love to be able to take awesome pictures, 100 days seems like a short time to start thinking about Kunal’s gallery opening. So I’m looking at this in a couple of ways. In one hundred days, I’d love to be in a habit of taking pictures more often, being able to identify more picture opportunities, and as a stretch goal see if I can create a print that someone would like to hang up in their home, store, shop or office. Ideally someone that isn’t related to me (love you Mom, but that is too easy).
The OHD Date. Today is Day 0. May 31st will mark Day 1. That makes Wednesday, Sept 7, 2011 Day 100 – the OHD Date. As long as my math is correct. Which is a 50/50 chance at this point.
Alright let’s hope this works. Any advice, tips, tricks, concerns? Anyone want to join me in the inaugural OHD?