andycolman

andycolman

I am three months and 92 pictures into my 365 Challenge now, so I thought it was time for a bit of a retrospective.

You can see my top five tumblr posts at http://tmblr.co/ZRf1JthlX1. I'll be getting all of these shots into blipfoto in the coming weeks. I think it's safe to say that I didn't expect any of these pictures to be popular when I posted them.

I am not new to photography by any stretch but I have certainly learnt stuff and hopefully improved in the process.

Here are a few of the things I think I have learned so far
1. Taking a photo a day is hard. Sometimes because it's hard to get ideas. Other times because you've got too many pics to choose from. I certainly have lots of good pictures now that didn't make 'Pic of the Day'.
2. It's a cliché but the best camera in the world really is the one you have at the time. And there's no substitute for 'being there'.
3. Picture quality is NOT directly proportional to the cost of your equipment.
4. Composition matters
5. So do verticals
6. A caption and a story are important parts of a picture
7. If you photograph people, ask their names and get their story

As for me, myself, I, I'm obviously a keen photographer and have amassed the usual array of SLR bodies and lenses and paraphernalia for all occasions. The nature of a daily challenge though dictates that you need a camera with you ALL THE TIME. So, the vast majority of my submissions so far have been taken with a humble Panasonic Lumix TZ19.

Others interests include music (I play guitar and listen to anything), cycling (a garage full of those), reading whatever I can lay my hands on (both via Kindle and real live books). I walk nearly every day for at least an hour and that's where many of my photos arise.

I'm young enough to have the energy to pursue my hobbies and old enough not to care if people think I'm a geek for having so many interests. I work in IT but that's not important right now.

As well as blipfoto, I am also on tumblr
(andycolman.tumblr.com) and my own website (www.andycolman.co.uk).
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