Why I Am Attempting a Photography Project

Well, because I like to make photographs.  Like, really like.  It calms me, brings me peace to look for the beauty in the mess that is life.  And there is always beauty.  Now, it’s true that I also tried this last year, and I gave up by the end of January.  And it’s true that I really didn’t start this year until this week.  But I want the habit of photography to be part of my everyday life again, so even if I miss a day here and there, I’m going to be working to build that habit.

I also have a couple of goals for myself:

1: To get comfortable making photographs in public places.  I’m almost always self-conscious about public photography, and I really, really need to get over that.  I want to feel free to pull over on the side of the road, or work in a store.

2: To improve in portrait photography.  Fortunately, I have some willing models to practice on!

I have an instagram feed that I started just for this project.  I love instagram for sharing photos, and I’d love it even more if you followed me there! @armyofnine is my ordinary, everyday feed, and @jennie.makes.a.picture is my project feed.

My gear: My camera is an ordinary, consumer-level, crop sensor Canon DSLR Rebel t1i.  Nothing fancy here!  It was a gift from my beloved something like nine years ago.  I’ve switched to prime (not zoom) lenses: my 50mm f/1.4 is my favorite, but it’s not really a 50mm on the crop sensor, making it a little to close for just about any indoor scenes.  I use a 28mm f/1.8 for indoor photography, and I have a 24mm pancake lens for when I really don’t want to carry a lot of weight/bulk.  I own a few others, but these are the ones I carry and use all the time.