How I Slow Down, I Joined A Camera Club.
While I was feeding the calves yesterday evening and all my bones were paining me I worked out the hours I do a week. During the school year when I am in work I do six thirteen hour days. I start each day at 7.00am and am never done till at least 8.00pm most of the six evenings. I have fifteen minutes for my lunch and a fifteen minute break at work that's all till 8.00pm. That's a lot of hours with very little down time. So last year when I turned 40 I set myself some tasks and one was to Join my local camera club.
I have always loved taking photos but I know nothing about using my camera's. I am afraid to play with the settings in case I ruin the camera and have no idea of the technical part of photography. So after a lot of looking for ideas I decided on joining a club so that I could learn from doing rather than reading from a book. I have two fairly good camera's, my Canon EOS1300D and my Olympus pen epl-8 but what's the point in having these if I can't use them. Of course there is always auto mode but then can I ever say that I understand how a picture happened. This is what I want to be able to do. I want to look at any situation and know exactly what settings to use to get the best photo I can.
So because of this I went to my first Camera club meeting before Christmas, everyone was very friendly and helpful and I left knowing that this was going to be a good idea. It's April now and due to weather and one club trip on a Saturday last week was the first time I got to use my Canon with the club. We headed to a local graveyard last Tuesday evening and we tried some light painting photography. I did ask a million questions about settings and the like but I am still amazed when I look at the photos above and below that my camera took them. I could never have imagined in December that I would ever take these which I love. All I have done to them is crop and I used some of Peter McKinnon presets.
Even though I haven't managed many meetings till now with weather and lambing I really can't wait now to get some photos taken. I also love that for those two hours on a Tuesday night it is totally me time. It's time I can slow down and do something that I love but never really knew what I was doing. I will have to apologise to all the members because I am going to wreck your heads with questions about all things photography but I am delighted so far to have taken the leap and joined.
If you are looking for a way to slow down your days find something you love join a group of like minded people and take a few hours a week of me time.