I’m better than this! Better than what you ask? Let me tell you. I’m better than my former self and his inconsistency to capture the images I/he wanted. Sorry for the confusing pronoun / first-third person perspective, just stay with me for a minute. Returning now to the first person, I discovered to my horror (ok, annoyance) one day after shooting several images of my caR. At home I started importing the pics, and realized the quality I thought I’d achieved in the field was not the reality facing me now. What’s up with that?
A little background may be in order. I came from the Canon ethos, both their film and digital cameras, to the Sony mirrorless system. I identified the biggest obstacle for my creative growth (greatness) is me…I need to master the basics and the gear. Simple as that. The old adage is cliche, and it’s cliche because it’s true. Practice simply makes you better, if you’re actively looking to improve your skills. The second item, and just as important I need to enlarge the pics on the camera’s monitor to make sure I’ve nailed the subject in tack sharp focus before leaving the subject/location.
More than once, I thought I nailed the image after reviewing the camera’s 2-3″ screen in the daylight. It was a quite a different story at home when I could see them illuminated on a large monitor. The camera and lens are fine, this problem lies with me. Check the focus once I’ve set the shot up in the EVF and/or adjust the aperture to capture a wider area of the subject in focus.
Another thing that I’m starting to notice more is the quality of glass. My current kit consists of a 16-35, 28-70 kit lens, 50 prime, and a 70-300 telephoto zoom. They’ve served me well, allowing me to document my passion for cars and motorsports. I’m starting to find I could benefit from other focal lengths (12-24, 35, 85, 135, and 600 just to name a few). Along with the glass, mastering the exposure triangle is important, and identifying what I want to achieve each time I shoot are important in this process.
I’m having fun, and getting better every time I shoot. Just typing this has got me wanting to shoot some cars! If you want great pictures of your car all you have to do is ask.