Three years ago I decided to return to school. I had pursued a BFA degree in photography when I was young, but had to abandon that pursuit when I got married and ran out of money. For many years I had dreamed of finishing my degree, but it wasn’t until we moved to India, I wasn’t able to work, and I discovered it was possible to return to my studies, but not in India. This was an online degree program, through my same school that I had attended many years ago, the Academy of Art University. I’m not done with my degree yet, but I am starting to realize just how far I have come.
Three years ago I thought this was a good image. Now I look at it and I see how it could have been great. So what’s wrong? The focus point is in the wrong place, the depth of field is too shallow, and I should have captured the image 1/2 a second before or later so that the monk is in a better location and not right between the two temple “horns”. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
So now, I continue my studies, I do paid work when the right assignment comes my way, I do assignments for NGO’s as a way of giving back and I grow confident in my work. Knowing that now, I have the skills to create an image that I feel proud of, one where all of the technical elements support the story I want to tell or the mood I want to share.
There is always more to learn, but I am enjoying the journey and feel good about how far I’ve come. Oh, and I love being a photographer!