My first real photos: Critique from 1994
Back around 1994 I had the desire to step up from a point and shoot camera to my first SLR. The camera shop my mom took me to pointed me in the direction of a Canon EOS Elan and that is what I purchased.
My interest was to capturing sports. So at the age of 13 I set out to photograph my friends who were playing on the Jr High School baseball team. I want you all to pay close attention to what I am about to say. I started in the running man auto mode because that was all I knew. At this point I did not have any mentors so it only made sense to use that mode.
Of course I really didn’t know anything about settings but I could capture a moment. I had this knack anticipating the action and coming out with solid sports images.
What I tell people all the time when starting out is I rather see you capture a moment and have the worst exposure ever then a proper exposure with a terrible moment. I know that sounds strange but I can teach anyone how to get the proper exposure but it’s much harder to teach people how to capture a moment.
These images that I am critiquing were my first attempts and shooting baseball. I knew the sport which made it much easier to know where the action was going to happen. Even back in the day I filled the frame as much as possible.
It is always nice to look back at your old work and see where you came from. All I know is I have come a long way since 1994 and hope you can take something form this video.