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Photography and taking photos

Updated on January 21, 2012

Photography and taking photos

Photography and taking photos, until about a year ago never had a camera, well a proper camera that is. I didn’t know that much about photography and still don’t for that matter, but learning all the time, it more of luck than judgement on my part. Until about a year ago I’d used my mobile phone which was a Sony Ericsson k800i, a good phone as well as the camera it had on it. The camera on my phone had always been ok to take snaps of the kids or photos of where I’d been and was happy with it. I very rarely got around to printing the photos from my phone, maybe the odd one now and again. It’s more of looking at the photos I taken on my phone and to be honest that suited me until.......

I had joined RedGage a website in which you can earn from posting photos as well as written work. With RedGage and earning money through taking photos I had an interest but with my mobile phone camera I couldn’t take the photos I’d dreamed of taking. More frustration of not being able to take photos of things I want to. However, if I had a better camera could I take better photos, something I wasn’t sure about. It was also the cost of buying a better camera, but also would I know what to do with it. I’m a point and shot person and nothing more, I’m not one for checking to see if the light is right or if it on the right “F” stops and so on, far too much for me.

After months of looking at cameras in the shops and online and not really knowing anything about them, plus the fact of spending far too much money and not getting on with the camera I bought was frightening. I’m not good at spending large amounts of money, been too broke to many times and often it takes me forever to make a decision with that kind of money involved on something I know so little about, or unsure of. Okay the camera was £260 about $400 which isn’t that big amount but it is to someone and that someone was me.

After months of looking, wishing, reading reviews I decided to buy a new camera. It wasn’t going to be a DSLR but a so called bridge camera as I thought if I could get on with it I would buy a better one and besides it was cheaper than buying a DSLR. The camera I bought was a Fuji HS10, the HS20 as now replaced the HS10, I hadn’t a clue what to do with it, far too many buttons for my liking, and I was lost. Which button do you press, what settings do you need to be on, far too much to start with.

Over time those button still don’t really mean that much to me, I totally get mixed up with almost everything on the camera and use the auto function usually. What I do when I’m taking photos is to take several shots and then choose which I think is the best. I won’t ever be a top photography but at least I’m happy with what photos I now take. The photos I now take are so much better than the ones taken with my old mobile phone and I’m so much happier to show other people. And with being on RedGage they earn me a little bit extra cash and have paid for the camera I bought. I’m now looking a buying a new camera, this time a DSLR. At the moment as I write and hoping to get myself a Canon 550D 18MB camera I just need to go out and part with the cash. I will have no idea about how to use the new camera when I get it but I guess with time I will learn and I’m sure I will take some lovely photos to share with you.


Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoy my photography work. If you would like to see any of my other Photography work or to Join RedGage click here

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    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      5 years ago from UK

      Thank you Maggs :)

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      maggs224 

      5 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I found your hub interesting I hope you do a follow up hub when you start selling your photographs telling us what you learn on the way.

      Voting up :D

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Peggy, Unknown spy and Ashley, I'm learning all the time, I do find it most rewarding :)

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      Ashley Raymond 

      6 years ago

      Arren,

      For not having any lessons on photography your composition is remarkable. My only suggestion is to prioritize learning how to manually use your camera and refuse to put your camera on auto ever again! You will be amazed with the difference! Also if you love the look of a shallow depth of field, try using manual focus as well. It takes practice but the rewards are worth it. I also had no idea what to do when I bought my first camera. I put it on auto and snapped away thinking the pictures looked great. Then once I learned how to do it manually, I have never put my camera on auto again. I started with a Nikon D70 and then just recently purchased a brand new Nikon D7000. Start with a used DSLR that is lower end and learn with that first. Do not buy the big expensive one until you know how to use the other one. I got my D70 on Ebay for $350.

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      beautiful photos!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These are gorgeous photos! You have every right to be proud of them! I have just a simple Panasonic digital camera. Have never had a serious one such as you have. Nice that you are making some money with your photos! Voted up and beautiful.

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Miguel and Tutorialsvillage, I sure will. 7D awesome camera, would look forward to seeing photos taken with that if and when you buy it Miguel :)

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      tutorialsvillage 

      6 years ago from United Stats

      Awesome Arren123.

      stop by my images hubs let me know what you think. =D

      and as miguel said post mor images hubs when you get your new canon =D

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      Miguel 

      6 years ago

      So cool, I'm planning to by the canon 7D, but is to expensive maybe next year

      post mor photo hubs when you get your new canon =D

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Tutorialsvillage, at the moment I'm using a Fuji HS10 and the photos you see in this Hub was taken by that. I plan on buying a Canon 550D very soon :)

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      tutorialsvillage 

      6 years ago from United Stats

      which camera you use?

      they are pretty awesome picutres.!!!

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Whichwitchwriter :)

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      whichwitchwriter 

      6 years ago

      Photography is such an easy thing to fall into because for the most part everyone gets there the same way by starting with a point and shoot. It's also a highly addictive thing once you start getting into the higher end cameras and the equiptment there will always be something new on the market proclaiming to be bigger, badder and greater than the rest. Thanks for sharing your story and your images. Keep shooting becasue it is the best and only way to improve your work for the hobbyist and pro alike. Best of luck!

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Jason, the beach and cliffs are flamborough head taken about 5am one morning in May of last year

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      SuffolkJason 

      6 years ago from Ipswich, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

      Great photos Kevin. I especially like the beach scene with the white cliffs.

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Audrey :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      I love your work Kevin!

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Snurre :)

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      Snurre 

      6 years ago

      That's a good camera, although I prefer a DSLR. Takes longer to figure out, but the becomes a real pleasure to use.

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Live-business :)

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      live-business 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the USA

      Nice photos and great hub. Voted up

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Arren123 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Lisa.bom :)

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      lisa.bom 

      6 years ago

      Great hub and pictures. I used a cheap camera when I first started. It is amazing what a real camera can do. We have been so used to whipping out our cameras and snapping away. Thanks for sharing.

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