Hi and welcome to my new monthly blog.
A bit about myself
I am a 47 year old photographer from the city of the Beatles, Liverpool. I was a Civil Servant for 25 years. I left in 2015 and i realised I had to start a new chapter of my life.
I was attending CBT therapy and the therapist said its good to get our and smell the roses.... so i did. I had been diagnosed with anxiety and depression in 2015. The therapist said it would be good to get into nature. This will help me get exercise and appreciate the beauty around me.
Up until July 2016 i just used my iPhone 5c camera phone. The quality wasnt the best:
I had no idea about iso, apeture or shutter speed. I just took scenes I thought were nice.
In July 2016 i purchased a Panasonic FZ272 bridge camera which helped me get better quality pictures:
I spent a while just using manual mode. Didn't know what the other modes did? Was more than happy with auto mode.
I used to watch a number of photographers online such as Thomas Heaton and Gary Gough. They gave tips about using manuel mode, shutter priority or aperture priority.
I bought a Canon mirrorless M3 24 mp camera and started practising using manual l mode.
My mother unfortunately passed away in February 2019 at 82 due to complications from heart surgery. She left me a bit of money for camera gear so i upgraded to Canon 80d DSLR camera with speedlite flash and Canon printer. I started using aperture priority.
It is a very good camera. Its not a top of the range but very nice.
Practice is vital to improving your skills. I try and post as much as I can on social media.
Next month I will be sharing my social media experience.
Thanks for reading Dont forget, keep smelling the roses!