Never Stop Learning!
February 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment
I have always been told that no matter how long, or how well, you do something that you never really quit learning. In fact I have passed that same bit of logic on to others numerous times over the years. The problem is that I'm not sure that I actually believed it. It just always seemed like the right thing to say. I know that when it comes to photography that I have to be careful not to get set in my ways and stop looking for ways to improve.
The other day I was in the studio playing with my new camera and various lighting set ups, including using a Canon Speedlight EX430II external flash. It quickly occurred to me that there was much that I didn't know about the Speedlight. I had always avoided using it unless absolutely necessary as I preferred using reflectors to bounce light in an effort to avoid flattening the face in low light conditions. This meant that instead of mastering the Speedlight's many manual settings that I had simply relied on the automatic (E-TTL) mode when reluctantly placing the flash in my hot shoe. So, I found myself re-reading the Speedlight's manual and logging on to You Tube for tutorials on the finer points of external flash photography. Within an hour I had discovered numerous new possibilities for using my Speedlight in AND out of the studio. The end result is that I have a new tool in my arsenal to assist in creating wonderful works of art for my clients!
The moral of the story? Old dogs can learn new tricks! Never stop learning and always look for ways to improve. Not just in photography, but in all that you do!
NOTE: I am a Canon guy and am very happy with my Canon cameras, lenses, and gear. That said, Canon writes their equipment manuals in a manner that may be good for those who already know how to use the product at hand but leaves the novice or casual user scratching their head and wondering what they just read. My advice is to read the manual, experiment with the piece of gear, watch some You Tube tutorials on the subject, experiment some more, then re-read the manuals. You Tube is a great resource. USE IT!!
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