At the beginning of the year, I never imagined I would even consider branching out into anything beyond the written word. I’ve always enjoyed photography but only as an interested bystander “ooh that looks nice, I’ll get my camera” was about it. I didn’t think about composition, lighting etc. But mild disappointment at some naff photos over the years and I tried a little harder to take better shots, but again nothing much beyond capturing the moment with a half-decent photograph.
Fast forward to 2018 and I decided to buy a DSLR camera and try my hand test the limits of what I can do. I’m using the presets a lot still which means what I produce is still limited to my comfort zone and nothing too tricky for the camera. But I’ll get there, given time. Yes, I have a long way to go; I still can’t quite master the relationships between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, but I’m beginning to grasp it and played around last night with photographing the moon (my single lens is not strong enough to get a clear shot, but that wasn’t the intention – I was trying to get a grip on how adjusting aperture and shutter speed affects the lighting conditions of a shot).
In my still-novice state, I submitted three test photographs to stock photo site Alamy this week. It was the one stock photo site that most people in a photography Facebook group recommended. I expected to have at least one of these images rejected on minor issues, although I certainly expected one in particular to pass. Imagine my surprise when a couple of days ago, they accepted all three without issue!
Although at the beginning of my photography journey, it feels good to have fingers in other pies. I don’t expect it will ever become a large part of what I do, but any passive income can be good, no matter how small. Plus it will give me something to focus on when writing work is quiet.
What Do I Hope to Achieve with My Professional Photography?
I’d already decided when I got my camera that I wouldn’t do event photography, weddings, christenings etc, and that I wasn’t interested in portraits – basically, anything involving people! But I do like photographing nature, landscapes, wildlife, plants, but also buildings, heritage, and urban landscapes. That’s why I’ve chosen to go down the stock photography route. I also hope (very soon) to invest in a printer or look for suitable printing services to sell photographic prints.
All in good time and I will certainly keep you updated. Please see my dedicated photography page for further details.