I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time now… and that is to simply display some of my old work next to my new work. I finally (as in, after years of shooting) have some work I really like, and have decided on some of my old work to share side by side. To be fair, most of what I shoot now… isn’t ‘portraiture’; it might fit better in the ‘fashion’ or ‘commercial’ titles.
For the purposes of this blog post, having two dissimilar genres side by side still does an ok job demonstrating my point because there is one important commonality… people.
I feel like the quality difference speaks for itself. But a few things that jump out at me:
1) I had no concept of light, how important it was, and how I can use it to my advantage to create both a pleasing photo, and one that represents what is in my mind. I was often either fighting the light, or completely unaware of it all together, as you can see in the black and white photo of Melissa Stahl (second last photo). I have Eric Malette, and my dad, to thank for pushing me to grow in likely the most crucial ’technical’ aspect of photography.
2) I was obviously just shooting in ‘Auto’ mode. Apparently I thought owning a DSLR made my photos good. Not so. As I told a friend recently, if my photos were bad (in a technical sense) in auto mode, why not just make ‘bad’ photos in Manual mode and actually learn something; take creative control. I had no idea how aperture, shutter speeds and ISO levels would effect my final product.
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