Update: This post was originally posted on 8th October 2019 but after changing my website this post had to be re-published due to technical issues.
When I started to dive into photography more and more, I start to realize that there are many types of photography which I could specialism in. Below are three I have experience in but in time I hope to add more to this list.
So, let’s start with my favorite type of photography, landscapes. This type of photography in my opinion is great for beginners as the subject tends to stay still and doesn’t complain as you take you umpteenth photo of it in the space of 5 minutes. It has certainly helped me get comfortable using my camera without the pressure of someone watching you while you try and remember what you read about camera settings when you were back at home.
The other great thing about landscape photography is that it gets you out in the fresh air which is just fantastic especially after a hectic week. It helps me regroup my thoughts or sometimes forget everything all together for a little while. Of course, the down side is that you are reliant on reasonable weather, especially if your camera gear isn’t water proof. Also depending on the time of year it can get very cold as you stand still taking photos.
Personally, this is one of two types of photography I am actually wanting to specialism in, the other being macro which I write about below. But whether this is the type of photography you’d want to stick to or not I think it’s a great starting point.
So, what is macro photography, well the definition on dictionary.com is ‘extremely close-up photography in which the image on the film is as large as, or larger than, the object’
In laymen terms those close-up images of nothing but the flower, leaf, insect or whatever the photo is of is generally a macro photograph.
Macro photography is another favourite of mine although I can find this one more challenging and frustrating than landscape photography. This is because the slightest movement either from me holding my camera rather than having it sitting on a tripod (which is probably the best way) or by the subject moving in the breeze, will result in a blurry photo. That’s not to say that I don’t get blurry landscape photos but it’s more noticeable when you are close-up to your subject.
Of course, there are ways to overcome the blurriness, such as using a tripod and shooting inside however the latter then can require special lighting. Which is something that at least at the point of writing this post I do not have. Plus, there is something nice about being out in the fresh air and taking photos of flowers, berries or whatever it is in its natural environment rather than an artificial one inside. Though that’s not to say I don’t photograph macro inside at all. There is a time and a place for everything.
This is something I have only dabbled in after a friend asked me to take photos of her wee boy to mark him starting nursery last year. And of course, I take countless photos of my little girl, though I’ll confess they are normally on my phone on automatic mode. However, the photo above was actually taken on my camera using proper settings.
I certainly enjoyed taking the photos for my friend and it was fun doing something that was out of the ordinary for me. What I took away from that day was that despite what people saying that you should never work with kids isn’t entirely true. Although it was challenging to get the wee boy to sit still long enough to have his photo taken, I realised that it was fun.
Although I did not truly enjoy taking the posed photos, but I loved taking the candid photos and the ones that really showed the lads personality. One photo that I will always remember was when he put one of his soft toys on his head. I had used the soft toy to get him to look at me by putting it on top of my head. The lad decided to copy me and did so with such a cheeky wee grin on his face. I also loved taking the photos of him and his mum when she was giving him a snack as he was getting hungry. My friend had no idea I had been taking photos at that point and absolutely loves them.
This has really been my only experience of portrait photography and although I would never say it will be my last as I did have fun. Personally, for now I do not intend on focusing on this sort of photography as it did not get me really excited the way that landscape and macro photography does, although that may have been nerves of getting it wrong.
However, I am sure I will have plenty of exposure to portrait photography as my other half is also a photographer (with many more years’ experience than me) and he loves portrait photography. Which often result in me becoming an impromptu model which is a strange experience as I’m rarely in front of the camera I’m usually behind the camera.