Feeling stuck with photography
October 14, 2010 7:38 AM Subscribe
How can I enjoy photography again?
posted by schmichael to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (20 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I picked up a camera for the first time when I travelled in America, and enjoyed taking photos a lot as I went from place to place. A few people remarked that my photos showed an unusual way of looking at things. A few people thought I had the potential to take really good photos.
Since I got back from travelling, whatever motivation and interest in photography that grew in me has withered away completely. I bought a Pentax K-x, but it hasn’t worked out. I’ve found it extremely frustrating actually - firstly, because it uses AAs, and it’s been a huge pain dealing with rechargeables and chargers; secondly, because the camera itself has been faulty and unpleasant to use. I’m feeling annoyed and overwhelmed by the complexity of DSLR photography - and especially broken DSLR photography. I feel like I need to throw the camera out and buy something new, that actually works. But I don’t have the money to buy a second new DSLR. Plus, I also feel like the fact that I’ve been disappointed with what I’ve shot using this more complex camera is proof that I’m fundamentally untalented.
It seems like I didn’t reckon on the huge difference between what it likes to take photos with a point-and-shoot, with an LCD to show you what your picture is going to look like (a good idea, as I had an above-average P&S), and a DSLR with its viewfinder giving you a very vague idea of what you might get. It seems so hard to make my pictures correctly exposed, focussed, composed, and levelled. I also didn’t reckon on the difficulty of finding things to photograph in my hometown. I don’t live in New York, and you just don’t see people walking around taking photos - so street photography of people is just not going to work. I wouldn’t feel comfortable and wouldn’t really know how to take photos of people anyway. I feel like I don’t have the natural talent, nor the creative eye, nor the technical ability, nor the tools, to take photos of, well... anything.
I just feel totally disheartened about photography.
Is there anything I can do? Give up? Buy a simple camera? Buy a more complex camera? Get rid of the kit lens? My town is small, and there aren’t really any photographic groups to join or such. I wouldn’t know how to take photos in groups or collaborate with people either. Maybe the hobby isn't for me, but my K-x taunts me every time I look at it.