Here goes! The first step on my photographic journey using this blog as my carriage.
Where do I to start? I suppose the best way to treat this medium is as a journal of my photographic experiences, projects and perhaps even – an opportunity to share what I learn.
The next questions are why and what’s the point? After all I’m not a professional photographer, I don’t depend upon promoting my services and skills to put bread on the table. So a blog, which is known to be a good online promotional tool for any business, may be considered somewhat redundant for me. However, like my other social media channels of Flickr and Instagram, a written blog is an opportunity to reach-out to other photographers, a chance to share my images with a hopefully appreciative crowd and as with the old pen to paper diaries of yesteryear, is perhaps a cathartic way to keep my mind tidy. All that, and because I enjoy it!
I read, on other blogs of course, that to be successful at these sort of things one should write in quite an informal style, in the first person, and as if one is speaking on a one-to-one basis. This latter point probably won’t be that difficult as I’m sure the audience for these posts won’t exactly give Eric Kim anything to break sweat about but hey-ho, stop being so pessimistic I say!
So with all that in mind, let’s get the lens cap off, set the tripod up and get shooting by telling you what gear and glass I use:
- Nikon D700 full frame DSLR
A pro standard DSLR this is my go to camera for commercial work. It’s a big heavy bugger so not good for carrying around all day particularly when I pair it with a 24-70mm or 70-200mm zoom as I regularly do. A great camera though, which is a dream to use.
- Nikon D7100 cropped frame DSLR
Until recently, this was Nikon’s top-end crop-frame camera. It’s still a quality piece of kit which is my 2nd commercial use camera and one I use for personal general photography or landscapes – for which I attach a Sigma 10-20mm.
- Fujifilm XE-2 mirrorless compact
Being small and unobtrusive, when paired with an 18mm or 35mm prime, this is my camera of choice when it comes to street photography or where portability is needed. Don’t be fooled by its diminutive size though: like many of this new CSC breed of cameras, size isn’t traded off against image quality or functionality and this camera will give most crop frame DSLRs (including my D7100 above), a run for its money.
In addition Speedlight Flashguns, remote triggers, tripods and various components of a pop-up studio compliment my gear.
So there you have it. My carriage awaits. More posts soon.