A long, long time ago
I remember the first time I bought a DSLR camera – I was completely clueless what to look for and how it worked. I picked what looked like a good camera to me. Sure, I owned some photo cameras before, but they were all of the point-and-shoot kind. Back home I started unpacking my very first DSLR. Boy, was I excited! I inserted the battery, found the power button and switched it on and started shooting everything I could point it at.
Knowledge is power
It didn’t take very long for me to notice that my lack of knowledge was the biggest limitation. I didn’t know a thing about ISO, exposure, aperture, focal length, whitebalance and so forth. I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of new information required to use more of the potential of my new camera. I didn’t know where to start and felt lost.
Step by step I started exploring different aspects of photography. What happens if I dial in a high ISO? Why does my image become blurry when I use an open aperture? Slowly I gathered knowledge on how all settings relate to each other. After years of trial and error I started feeling confident about what my camera and I are capable of doing.
To the future and beyond
Nowadays, when I look around me, I still see a lot of people dealing with the same challenges I faced years ago. I feel like by publishing my knowledge on this blog I can help people understand the principles of photography so they can enjoy it as much as I do. Photography is a fun thing to do, and keeping it that way can be a challenge on its own. Nothing is more frustrating than losing this important aspect because you don’t know why you encounter certain problems. My goal is to provide a step-by-step guide on how to get your grasp on photography: a fun thing to do!
Find out more about my background and what photography means to me on the ‘About me‘ page.