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Looking back

It is interesting how your viewpoint changes in an instant. For a year I have been happy with my images. Then I switched cameras. Suddenly, pictures taken a couple months ago look so different in Lightroom. Focus, composition, lighting – everything looks different – worse. I am better. Or, not. I learn primarily by yesterday’s mistakes. I admit to many. And, I am committed to improving my images going forward. Mainly, I just stopped paying attention. Without a viewfinder, I let the camera take the picture. I left a lot to automation and AI. It did not work so well – in my opinion. One simple thought. Selfies; no one is around, take off your silly mask. It is instantly a better picture. Duh! Anyway, I got a wake-up call while editing nearly 1000 images taken back in March compared to my current work using a viewfinder again. The point: using the LCD, I got lazy and stopped paying attention to critical focus and composition. As a result many of my pictures were poorly exposed and unfocused. Composition had gone to hell. 1000 images and most of them were not worthy. I had pressed the shutter and hoped for the best. I have regained my senses. I am better now. I will improve. Sometimes, less is more.

2 responses

  1. I have only two auto-focus lenses, which I rarely use. The others are all manual focus, so the focus point is always exactly where I put it.

    June 21, 2021 at 10:42 am

    • You have much more discipline than me. I embraced the technology and let auto-focus work. I never let the LCD screen be my guide until mirrorless. Progress? Who knows? It worked til it didn’t. Now, I have thought again and will adjust with this as an option but no longer as heavily as before.

      June 21, 2021 at 12:35 pm

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