For those that follow my blog posts on a regular basis, you know that I typically post an image and then blog about that particular image, that isn’t actually the case with this post though. In this post I am going to talk just a little on how important it is to always be “learning something new” when it comes to your photography, or any other skill for that matter. I will come back to why this particular image is included in this blog post.
I have been a NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) member for a decent number of years now and have always found my membership there to be a great value. I have only occasionally subscribed to the sister Kelby Training site though. Even though I have always found the courses on Kelby Training to be top notch, I would only subscribe for a month here or a month there if there was a specific topic or instructor that I was interested in. This changed recently when the Kelby Media Group sort of merged NAPP and Kelby Training into the new KelbyOne. While there are some folks out there that are not happy with this merger, or specifically the way it was done, that always seems to be the case when this sort of things happens, and is not the topic of this blog post.
With my existing NAPP membership I am now able to access all of the Kelby Training material and as I was browsing through catalog last week I came across a series of three light painting classes from David Black. Light painting is something that I have always been interested in, and tried a number of times, but to be honest I have never been very good at. For those that don’t know, light painting is the photographic technique of shooting a subject in a very dark environment with a very long exposure and lighting the scene with something like a small flashlight.
After watching all three of the classes I was really motivated to grab my camera and give it another try. Armed with the pointers from Black, I jumped in and made this image on my second try. The first try was a huge failure, but that is to be expected when you are jumping in head first and learning something new. While this image is far from perfect, and is not actually in my public galleries, it was good enough to get me excited about doing a lot more of this sort of work. I have always loved using my cameras after dark, and this is just one more thing to play with.
With all this said, if you take one thing away from this post it is to go out and learn something new. Maybe it is from trial and error, or in this case, it is from an online class, but the important thing is getting outside of doing things the same way all the time. Push some boundaries, you might just surprise yourself.