Amy’s Photography

Here's a photo I took of myself with a time-lapse photo of a sparkler.In today’s highly digitized world, photography has become more of a mainstream hobby. You don’t need fancy expensive equipment to get started. In fact, nearly everyone carries a camera of some kind around with them today due to the popularity of smartphones. Even older phones that don’t quite qualify as “smart” (it’s okay, flip phone, I still love you better than all the other phones, don’t listen to them) still typically come equipped with a camera at bare minimum. Yet there is a certain “je-ne-sais-quoi” element of beauty that is captured in some images, while others are sadly just a bunch of pixels that just happened to get lumped together in the same file.

I originally became interested in taking my own photos while I was a student in college. I had a basic point-and-shoot camera that I bought for myself, and I went to my friends’ rugby matches and took pictures for them. As the season passed and I found myself attending more and more games, I realized that my sense of timing was improving as I learned more about the game. If I knew what to expect on the field, I would have a better chance of snapping the shot at the right time. I never took any photography courses and instead just focused on teaching myself the skill set I wanted to have.

Two of these guys don't have their feet on the ground.

After a couple years, I upgraded to a digital SLR (a Canon Rebel XSi for anyone who is interested) and was seriously intimidated by its vast array of settings. However, these machines come with an automatic setting for a reason. Don’t be afraid to use the automatic settings just because you think it means you’re not a “real” photographer. Real photographers have to learn sometime too!

My favorite approach to teaching myself is totally hands-on. If there’s a shot I want to perfect, I’ll use the automatic settings for my first shot, then look at the photo on the camera screen. Not only does my camera tell me all the settings used for the shutter speed, the ISO setting and the F-stop, but there is a lot of other information to take advantage of. Then I’ll adjust one of the settings and take another version of the same shot. This is a great way to show yourself visually what each different function does.

Triumphant graduate brandishes her newly acquired diploma just after the ceremony.

If you’re interested in improving your photography skills, my advice is to get a camera of some kind (nearly any kind will do) and start by taking photos of something you love. Your affection and expertise of your subject will shine through your photos even without the top quality camera or perfect composition. The internet has plenty of tutorials and explanations so you can educate yourself. After all, photography is a creative art and creativity comes from within!

Today, I rarely go anywhere without my camera. I bring it with me to work in case anything exciting happens during the day. Sometimes while driving, I’ll see a scene so pretty I just have to stop and snap a shot of it. My favorite thing about photography is that you never know when you are going to get your best shots. I also provide photography services for my friends and family in times when they can’t get behind the camera themselves – weddings, band performances, skateboards in the skate park, and more. It’s more than a hobby for me, it’s a lifestyle! If you’d like to see more of my photography work, just check out my Facebook page!

Briana Nobrega

Briana is the Graphic Designer at inConcert. She also has the responsibilities of Assistant Project Manager. She creates all web, print, and promotional item artwork for our projects. She has an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from Mount Wachusett Community College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Communications from Franklin Pierce University.

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