Change is inevitable I hear quite a lot these days. Not that I am adverse to change in all honesty. I actually think it is a good thing and helps oneself progress beyond the initial limits that we set ourselves.
That’s why I decided around about the time of my last blog to make some changes and start to introduce a new direction in my photography. I don’t have the time or passion these days to continue on the wedding photography front so that side will die off. I now want to focus on portrait and landscape photography and make sure I grow as a photographer in that space.
As photographers, we are usually our own worst critics and in the past this has held me back from trying new things. Well, not any more. I recently found a couple of spare hours in an otherwise busy day (believe me, getting 5 minutes as a new-ish father is quite difficult at times) and I decided to give time lapse photography a try. I tend to be the person that researches a particular trend/theme/way of working to the death and never really get round to doing it but on this particular occasion I decided to just go ahead and give it a bash. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
So I went out to the Forth Rail bridge, set up the camera, plugged in my trigger trap to my phone and set the interval to take photos every 2 seconds for a period of 10 minutes. This in turn, as I had researched, would give me around 360 photos to piece together and make a 10 second time lapse. The clouds were perfect that day with just a hint of anger to them and made for some dramatic skies. Well, 8 minutes into the time lapse, my phone died. I hadn’t checked that I had enough juice in the battery and that was the end to my time lapse photos! So much for all that research and checking. At that point, it was time to scoot back home and stitch the photos together and I have to say, it turned out brilliantly. It took some time to get the hang of putting a video together but the end result was worth it. I’ll definitely be doing more time lapse photos going forward.
Which brings me nicely back to why I was originally posting on tonights blog. Having decided that I no longer want to do wedding photography, I have pretty much exhausted my research into portraits and I really want to try out some new ideas. To that end, I will be looking for some people to use as models and I will no doubt ask friends and family if they would like to join in my experiments. I also want to try the model route and I am already a member of a few forums and websites where models post looking to collaborate with photographers and I just need to get out of my comfort zone and make those connections.
It’ll be really exciting to try this stuff out and I’ll post my progress as I go forward. I’ll also need to update my website and perhaps split them out in to two separate entities, one for portraits, one for landscapes. Let’s see how that all goes. Like I said earlier, nothing ventured, nothing gained.