Practice Makes... / by Colleen Schmidt

I can study my camera manual for hours and hours but nothing compares to the trial and error of taking a practice photo session.

 

“What happens when I do this-- or this-- ok no, not that.”

 

I’m pretty positive that my friends and family are probably sick of me shoving a camera in their face trying to play with “the light is on your face! So amazing!” (Sorry I’m not sorry) But I love even MORE when I get to shoot for fun, play around with settings and poses and goof off behind the camera. It reminds me that I need to always be learning and pushing myself out of creative ruts. It also helps my camera become more and more a part of me (which is cheesy, but essential).

 

Everyone knows that “Practice makes perfect”. Only, I’m not going for perfection.

I like to say “Practice makes confidence.”

 

Once I get done with a shoot I can enter my next shoot more confident and excited to see what I can capture. Practicing is crucial for me because I learn so much better by doing.  

 

  1. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as "learning through reflection on doing". Experiential learning is distinct from rote or didactic learning, in which the learner plays a comparatively passive role.

Yep. That’s totally me. That process of doing over and over creates a confidence in me that I just do not get by reading or even watching. So I practice, a lot. :)

This particular practice shoot is of my sister Bridget. I literally just played around this whole time because we are already so comfortable with each other that directing her was a breeze! (It also helps that she is uh--I dunno, GORGEOUS.)

We pulled off at a park and found some pines to play in. It was was awesome. I left with a little more confidence and a fun experience with my sis. Thanks, Bridge. When’s the next one?!

;)

Xoxo,
Colleen  

Picture info:  50MM lens || ISO 400 || F 2.5 || 1/5000 

Edited with: A beautiful mess Actions