I have never pretended to be a photography expert; in fact I can quite safely say that I repel technology in general. However lately I’ve been really trying to up my game when it comes to understanding photography, and improving the quality of my shots.
I have a beautiful Canon EOS M3 which I bought last October, however I was so impatient to use it (and incredibly lazy) that I never actually bothered to read the manual or take it out of auto mode.
Shameful, I know.
What’s the point in having a decent and pretty expensive camera if all I’m using it for are vlogs shot in the presets that come already set up? So I made a vow to try and teach myself a little something about editing, shooting, videography etc every day, in order to improve the quality of my work. Something that I’ve found fascinating for years is long exposure shots. There’s something so ethereally beautiful about the way the light trails dance across the frame; it’s like a kind of magic.
After reading quite a few confusing blog posts on the subject, some glasses of wine for creative inspiration, and quite a lot of confused swearing being mumbled under my breath, I finally managed to grasp it! That joyous feeling of actually achieving something you’ve been working on for (no exaggeration here kids) almost 2 hours is so rewarding! All it took was experimenting with exposure, ISO and shutter speed to create these beautiful shots of my bedroom fairy lights. I genuinely was so surprised at how they turned out, because I thought there was a lot more involved in taking these kinds of photos- turns out the main thing you need is patience because long exposure shots can take T I M E!
I can’t wait to get into the city and see what I can capture: I may just have found my new obsession…