Juno Beach Florida, Juno Dunes
I had received my Nikon D5500 just a couple days prior and was really excited and nervous to go out and begin shooting. I had no idea what I was going to try and capture, or what I was really beginning to undertake with this newfound hobby, but I knew I was going to give it my 100% best try. From this point on will be my thought process on purchasing a camera, learning the language of photography and finally going to take photos and my approach.
I was looking at videos, reviews and tutorials all over the internet on what camera I should get and what would be the best "Bang for my Buck" and I settled on a deal at Amazon. It was a full Nikon D5500 Kit which included the 18-55mm Kit Lens, Sigma 70-300mm Lens, some Filters, a tripod and some SD cards. This bundle deal was right in my price range and perfect for me, I will go over the bundle in another post though because even though it was good, it was missing a few key items I had to replace or get all together. Now that I had picked out the camera I needed to learn the language I felt, this was the same approach I ended up doing for Music production, it should work here as well and it did so here was my approach.
Learning what I felt were the necessary items was actually a daunting task turned extremely easy. With my knowledge in music production your main components to use within Synthesizers was ADSR (Attack Delay, Sustain, Release) and with Cameras its just AIS (Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed). This is referred to as the "Exposure Triangle" and that link is one of the best visuals I can reference. Learning each of these individually and understanding what they actually do when you adjust is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT and it may sound silly referring to this with such magnitude, but from my experience this is literally all you need to take a decent photo.
Now that I knew the Exposure Triangle It was time to go test it out in a real world setting and what better way to Stress test my knowledge of the Exposure Triangle than to attempt to try and capture a sunset. I knew that this was going to be a difficult task for me as a first test but it was necessary. So I looked up some local Nature trails on Google maps, and just picked a location not too terribly far away which ended up being Juno Dunes, Juno Beach Florida.
I arrived at the location with my girlfriend who was honestly just excited that I was out of the house and got my camera out to begin walking the trail. While first walking down the trail I was looking for good items to shoot and was sort of waiting for the right moment. After about 20 minutes of not really seeing anything worthwhile in front of me, I decided to make things work and make shots to the best of my ability. Just forcing myself to take shots and battle the lowering light situation was what I needed, but the biggest help in all of that was just talking to myself on EVERYTHING I was doing that involved my Exposure Triangle. When you speak to yourself as you're doing something, its going to develop and solidify in your brain quicker and plus it's good to just run through the motions out loud to see if it makes sense and if it doesnt make sense, revisit the Exposure Triangle but 9 times out of 10 the reverse engineering of each individual aspect of something will be the perfect way to learn.
For this being my first real shoot having to work alongside nature It was the best learning experience I could get. The main things to take away from this are to understand the Language of Photography, in this case "The Exposure Triangle" and My process of solidifying knowledge of the exposure triangle. Below are the pirtures from that day, with the knowledge I have now My ISO needed to be adjusted more in these I feel, but they ended up coming out with a gloomy overview because of improper adjustments.
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