Self-Assignments are important to improve a skill level. Someone once said “it only takes a few months to go from a bad photographer to a good photographer, but it takes years to go from a good photographer to a great photographer.” I started photography in 1975 and 39 years later, I am still on the journey of becoming a great photographer.
Learning photography is time-consuming, but it is much more interactive and available than it was years ago because of the internet. I have been trapped in a comfort zone for a long time because I specialize in portraits. I have not dabbled that much in landscapes photography until recently. I have found it to be very addictive, relaxing and inspirational. But I feel like I still have so much to learn.
Last week I traveled with my sister to the Southern cities of Savannah and Charleston. While we were at one of the plantations, I asked to borrow my sister’s macro lens. I felt like I was seeing the world in a different light for the first time. It was incredible the detail I could see. I have now decided to rent a macro lens for a month and see what else I discover. This led me to start thinking of what else I could learn this year and began to chart out “self-assignments”. I didn’t take too long to fill my calendar.
So my journey starts in June with macro lenses and continues until the end of the year with new discoveries. I will blog about it and you can follow me and learn with me.
For more information on DSLR photography check out the online course.
To view my portrait photography site visit Lightscapes Portrait Studio.
To view my fine art photography site visit Mary Buck Photography.