I did not have a digital camera when I started trying to improve in photography.
It seems like a hundred years since I started focusing
on taking better photos.
It has been a chastening experience,
with many months spent
down on my hunkers
as children used say in the 'fifties.
I started off by having some very good photographers like Blather, Elimare, Commando, Miss W. Tod and Magicbastard help me out. (These are names worth doing a search for, as their work is very lively.)
For a while I thought they were all mathematical geniuses, as I was wandering round with paper and pencil, recording the f stopping and all the rest of the AV and TV details on my Pentax Mz 50, not realising that digital gives all this instantly, along with the histogram reading.
As it turned out, this two year training made digital much easier, as I had learned the language necessary to communicate.
However, being self taught has its amusing aspects. I bought at tripod under my virtual tutors instruction. Not realising that it had extendible legs, I spent a month crawling round on my knees and shooting my subjects from some very odd angles, pointing upwards. Compliments poured in and I was told that my work had improved greatly...