The goal of this blog is to record my efforts to learn – in many cases relearn – the art of photography. I will be sharing many of the photographs I’ve taken, sharing what I’ve learned about f-stops and shutters speeds, recording my attempts to learn image-editing software, and who knows what else.

Unless otherwise stated, the photographs on this blog are likely taken with an entry level Canon EOS Rebel XS or Canon EOS 70D body. I have two Canon lenses: the (5omm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8), and two Sigma lenses (17-70 2.8-4.0 and 70-200 2.8). I dream of higher-end equipment, like most photographers I suppose, but I do try to remind myself that fancier bodies and L series lenses may broaden the scope of photographs I am able to take, but they will not make me a better photographer. I have everything I need to improve my skills considerably.

I am specifically requesting suggestions from you, my loyal readers on how I can improve my photography skills. What did I do right with each picture, what could have been improved? Please let me know.

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  1. Pingback: Dark Forest « My Visual Journey

  2. Thank you for stopping by Onelifethislife and joining me on my journey. Glad to have you. Congrats on your anniversary! I am new to blogging and somewhat new to photography. I hope to learn from my readers and hope that I can inspire them in some way. I look forward to reading your posts. Thanks again. Happy pholgging! :)

    • That’s amazing! Vinton is getting along well. Looking different all the time as they cut down more trees damaged from last summer’s storm. Burt empty downtown stores are starting to come to life again too and things are really picking up! I really enjoy your work as well.I need to find an afternoon to sit down and just look through everything you’ve got. I can already tell I can learn a lot from your images.

      • It’s probably been over 10 yrs since I’ve been back there so I’m sure it looks a lot different than I remember. I’ll definitely be looking through some more of your stuff. I’ve just recently gotten back into photography after finally upgrading to a DSLR so I’ve got a lot to learn, but its been great sharing and learning from others here on WordPress.

  3. OK, I now have the same camera, and two lenses you have, courtesy of my son at Christmas, but I don’t get the same crisp images. What is going on? I’ve tried different settings, Auto focus, manual, Aperture Priority is what I normally shoot in, but I can’t get the same results. Going to follow and learn here, if you have any suggestions I would be very grateful. BTW, thanks for like my blog.

  4. I generally use auto focus because I find it to be more reliable than my tired old eyes, and I almost never change settings dial away from Manual and do all the fiddling with aperture and shutter speed myself.

    There are many things that go into getting a “crisp” image and the term itself may mean something different to each photographer, or even to each image. I’ll be exploring some of these tricks in upcoming posts this month.

    One of the easiest tricks to getting a crisper image is to change the ISO to a lower number. The lower the number sharper the image, but the more light you will need. I try to use ISO-100 or 200 whenever possible.

    I would also recommend that you try an exercise. Set your camera on a tripod or any stationary object, like a box, if you don’t have a tripod. Set your aperture and shutter speed to middle of the road settings, like around f/8 and 1/400 or so (let the camera tell you when the exposure is correct), in a well-let place. Focus on something stationary, like one of those lovely tulips, let the camera auto focus and then take it off auto focus (so it won’t refocus if you nudge the camera a little bit in the next steps). Then start take pictures while adjusting the aperture and shutter speed – as you decrease the aperture a click, increase the shutter speed a click. This will keep the exposure accurate but will do some amazing things to your depth of field, which can have a great impact on the apparent cripsness of the photo. Take the pictures into your camera and study how the different settings affected the same picture.

    I would be happy to help further, but maybe this isn’t the best forum :) If you’d like, feel free to email with questions at VisualJourneyPhotography@gmail.com. I’ll be happy to answer anything I can and help to provide feedback or suggestions. Studying other people’s work is the best way I’ve found to improve my own :)

  5. Thank you so much for all the comments and likes! I am very much looking forward to browsing further through your site when I have a few spare moments! You do marvelous work that I can learn so much from.

  6. Hi AJ ! I have discovered that WP has dropped a number of follows that I had set up, and of course they ended up being some of my favorite ones. I’m glad you stopped by and commented on my post as I was reminded of your work. I’m back and look forward to seeing more. Bella

    • Thank you so much for all of your comments! It’s wonderful to get constructive critiques on my work as I am pretty much self-taught and know that there are many dynamics that I need to learn. To get this sort of input from someone of your skill is, to put it mildly, humbling and terribly exciting. Thank you for your time and attention!

      • :) – at the end of the day my comments are worth no more than those of anyone else – just make sure you discard those which do not take you nearer to where YOU want to be. ;)
        The beauty of digital working is the ease with which we can explore ideas brought to our pictures by others – rough selection and tweaking, switching on and off the effect, can quickly show whether a suggestion is worth pursuing.
        As you suggest in one of the images I passed comment on, it’s often a good idea to put a picture aside for a while and come back to it with ‘different eyes’.
        Good luck.

  7. I enjoy viewing your photographs and find the lush settings you so often use for your portraiture very appealing. I look forward to your future posts.
    Thanks for the follow on “I Shutter at the Thought!”, too.
    Earl Harris

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