Photography… and how I suck

I wish I was better at taking pictures. I’ve always been interested in it in one form or another since long ago, but never had a really good camera to try it with until last year. I’ve dabbled my foot in it a bit after getting it, but never really sat down and learned what it’s capable of. I always used to think that pointing it at what I wanted to photograph and clicking the button was enough. Good god was I totally wrong. I’m slowly coming to the realization that I know next to nothing about it and that if I want to get good at it, I’m going to have to take a LOT of pictures. I’m not entirely sure why this surprised me considering photography is just like any other hobby or job, the more you do the better you get, and you’ll never truly be a master unless you do it 24/7.

I’ve been reading Clayton Cubitt‘s website lately (be warned, he has many not work safe pictures on there) and it has inspired me to become a better photographer. He takes better pictures with his camera phone than I do with my 20D. Pictures like this one are what I’m talking about. I wish to learn and nothing has made me want to do it more than looking at my photos of Leavenworth from this past weekend. More than half the pictures are utter shit because I didn’t have the right kind of settings on at the time of taking the picture. My camera also seems to have a problem when most of the scene is one color; I think I need to take it in to get serviced and have the sensor cleaned.

Regardless of me sucking, I did manage to get some really good pictures of some of the climbing we did and of the surrounding area. I’ll be uploading them shortly after I format all of them and pick which ones I like. The one thing I dislike about taking so many pictures is having to sort them, organize the, and do all the extra bullshit that goes along with it. I wish I was able to just take the picture and then that’d be it. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of post process work, which I don’t particularly enjoy.

Ah well. I’m thinking I might pick up a new lens for $100 or so, but I probably won’t do that for a while since I’d rather pay off loans and stuff =.