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  • Writer's pictureKara

Passion for Portrait Photography

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

A few months ago, I came across #irenerudnykphoto on YouTube. She inspired me to start shooting portraits. I decided to invest in a new camera, and I purchased my first Canon EOS 2000D with a 55mm kit lens. I barely knew this camera and didn't have much experience using/managing light, but I just went out and started shooting. I was determined and confident that I can pull this off. The first images I shot were ok but not what I wanted, so I purchased an 85mm portrait lens and started shooting again.

If there is one thing I've learnt is that the longer I've spent researching, the more I felt like I didn't know enough to get started. I didn't want to fall back into a period of creative block I've experienced while pursuing a creative photography path.

To get started, I had to get out there and start shooting. Full stop. And I did.

It is a human tendency to think that now is not the right time. But the only time is now, and you have to go out there and get what you want. Good things don't come to those endlessly research and wait to be inspired.

The photo here was the first #selfportrait I shot with my 85mm portrait lens. Considering that I haven't practised shooting with this new lens, I achieved a good result. I was terrified as I didn't know how to focus the camera on me and shoot simultaneously. I used the branch and leaves to focus my camera, and with the Canon application I've downloaded onto my iPhone, I walked into that focus area. I also have a second (broken) tripod that I sometimes use as a reference when I shoot self-portraits. It serves its purpose. I take 50 pictures to get a sharp one, but that is part of the journey,


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