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My journey into photography — and the accompanying madness

My highly visual descent into a kind of soft-lit madness.

This is my official journey into photography.

Here’s a my progress in bullets so far:

  • Wifey asking me to take pictures of her for her Instagram.
  • Becoming a bit more comfortable with taking pictures in public.
  • Taking iPhone pictures thinking I’m Picasso of digital photography.
  • Starting to follow real photographers on Instagram.
  • Realising that I’m a crap photographer.
  • Asking my wife to teach me how to take better photos, but she’s a natural and she can’t even begin to explain how she does it.
  • Borrowing my wife’s Canon 70D to teach myself.
  • Becoming frustrated with not understanding “Manual Mode”.
  • Watching YouTube tutorials on shutter speed and aperture only to become more confused.
  • Going back to iPhone photography by getting a newer model with “a really good camera”.
  • The iPhone camera does strange things and I realise that I’m basically destroying my pictures when I’m editing them.
  • Realising that I’m crap at editing, too.
  • Trying lots of apps only to realise that most of them are only marginally better than Instagram’s native tools.
  • Becoming utterly frustrated and angry.
  • Deciding to become a good photographer — whatever it takes.
  • I try Adobe Lightroom CC and my mind is blown.
  • Spending 100+ hours of watching Lightroom tutorials on YouTube.
  • Realising that I need to be taking high-quality RAW photos. Going back to my wife’s Canon 70D.
  • Remembering that I’m crap at taking photos.
  • I still can’t figure out “Manual Mode”, but this time I’m putting in 250+ hours in the field and on YouTube.
  • After 4,000+ pictures, I start getting the hang of “Manual Mode”.
  • And look at me dodging and burning in Photoshop!
  • Getting more likes on Instagram which leads me to believe that I’m Michelangelo reborn. At least for almost a full day.
  • Experimenting with composition.
  • Realising I know jack shit about subjects, leading lines, balance, rule of thirds, negative space, separation and so on.
  • Finding even better photographers on Instagram. Thinking of giving up.
  • Taking a good picture by chance. More YouTube tutorials, more practice.
  • Getting my own DSLR (Canon 5D MKII) and taking an interest in light.
  • Feeling a mad passion slowly taking over my life.

And here we are. Work in progress, mind you.

If you want to see me go insane in real-time, follow @jerrysilfwer on Instagram.

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Jerry Silfwerhttps://doctorspin.org/
Jerry Silfwer, aka Doctor Spin, is an awarded senior adviser specialising in public relations and digital strategy. Currently CEO at KIX Communication Index and Spin Factory. Before that, he worked at Kaufmann, Whispr Group, Springtime PR, and Spotlight PR. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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