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Photography has always been a fairly big part of my life one way or another. As a small child I would walk around with my fake camera taking pictures of everything. The small plastic camera had a string around it that I could carry around my neck. As I got older I was given disposable cameras to play around with. My poor parents offered to pay to “develop” these many films only to find that most were pictures blurry or of the ground – thinking I could just get real close to something and it would work like the zoom feature on a digital camera. After the disposable phase, I was allowed to practice with our fancy digital Canon camera as well as the video recorder. At this time I got huge into photography. I actually was told I had a talent for it, but I had no intention to do anything with it, I truly just had fun snapping pictures. Nowadays I continue to use my iPhone to capture life’s amazing moments. A few of my nature pictures are being displayed in my parents’ home, which is a huge accomplishment because they are very particular about their decorations.

I do tend to take a lot of pictures, it is 80% of my phone storage at the moment. I do tend to work on certain approaches when capturing photos. I am mostly concerned with the angle of the picture being taken as well as the lighting. Although they now have photo editors to fix this, this wasn’t always the case, so I learned from the start of the importance of lighting. Another thing I like to keep in mind is depth, something I also read about in Becoming Better Photographers. This was a good read and I hope to take some tips away from it.

I’ve always said, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and still believe this to be true. One picture can tell a viewer so much about what is going on. There can be multiple versions of a story from just one picture, and that is what I love most about photography! From a single photo, you can usually pick out multiple things. For one, the context, where is this photo being taken? What is the problem or solution at hand? Who is in the picture, or even what is in the picture. A combination of all of these question can produce a story. Each picture can mostly provide a story that has a exposition, conflict, climax and resolution. And there, you have a story! Everyone’s story may be different but that is the beauty of photography!

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